Family days out near me: Vogrie, Midlothian - Plot a course to the Tyne Valley for family fun that's all mapped out

You don’t need a map and compass to discover the charms of the beautiful Vogrie estate – but family orienteering maps are available for those who feel up to the challenge.

By Julie Douglas
Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 7:00 am

Name: Vogrie Country Park

Description: A Victorian baronial manor house in a 105-hectare parkland estate run by Midlothian Council, with woodland walks, play areas, a nine-hole golf course and cafe.

Location: Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NU. The park is easily accessed from the A68, approximately 13 miles from Edinburgh and 4.5 miles from Dalkeith.

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With more than 11 miles of signed paths through woodlands and the Tyne Valley, Vogrie offers visitors a real escape to the country.

Suitable for: All age groups.

Entry costs: Entry is free but charges apply for golf.

Opening hours: Gates open 7.30am daily all year round with closing times varying, depending on the season (check the website for details). The park closes when the wind speed is 45mph or over, reopening one hour after the wind drops.

What they say: There are 11.5 miles of signed countryside paths through woodlands and the Tyne Valley. Information is shown on panels in the park, and on a downloadable map and leaflet.Children’s activities include a soft play area, an adventure playground and toddlers play park. There are picnic areas and open lawns in the Victorian Policy areas and regular activities such as pond dips for children are organised by the Ranger Service.

What visitors say: “Fantastic country park for families and just for an afternoon stroll. Excellent cafe and superb adventure playground.” "Nice quiet place for having a stroll and seeing nature close up, cafe with small soft play area inside. The cafe was good value for money with a nice range of snacks. Only £2 to park, you could spend hours here.”

Look out for: A miniature railway operates on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm, April to September.

What’s nearby: Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve and Roslin Glen Country Park, also managed by Midlothian Council, are within easy driving distance.

Parking: There is a visitors’ car park near the entrance and disabled parking facilities beside Vogrie House and the cafe.Car, motorcycle, coach and blue badge parking is charged at £2 a day by cash or card.

Facilities: Tree Top Café, located in the original Vogrie House built in 1876, is open seven days a week. Opening and closing times are seasonal.It has amazing views of the grounds and a lovely conservatory which welcomes well behaved dogs. The menu offers a large selection of hot and cold drinks, freshly made hot and cold food, including takeaway and children’s menus, and a range of cakes and traybakes.Outside seating is available beside the cafe.Two barbeque sites are also available for public hire and can be booked by calling 01875 821716 or 07768 801787, Friday to Monday.Toilets can be found in the main car park and at the play area at the house.