THINGS TO DO

MARY MEANDERS TOURS

Calling Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots and Scottish history fans! If you have found yourself caught in the adventure, legends, and romance of Scotland on TV and film, here’s your chance to experience the lush scenery and dramatic Scottish Castles for yourself. From magnificent stately homes, austere fortresses and breathtaking landscapes, discover them all in the company of our expert and entertaining guides. We will transport you back in time while travelling in comfort around Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Stirling and Fife. Make the tour your own. We provide the timetable, and you choose which attractions you want to see and where you want to eat.  Our motto is “Arrive a visitor, leave a friend”. Author Diana Gabaldon joined us on our Scottish Outlander Tour in March 2019 and is now a fan. Are you ready to join in the fun?   

MERCAT TOURS

History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!’ We’re a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh’s stories. We’re the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality. With a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we’ll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history. With guaranteed daily departures, year round we offer exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & National Museum of Scotland.

ARTIST DIANE BENN

Getting Arty at the Old Millhouse – Interested in art? Want to try? Want to improve? Local artist Diane Benn will be on hand to run a tailor-made class for you and your group. Choose from portraiture, still life landscape or figure drawing, developing skills in drawing, charcoal and paint. 

  • Landscaping: the Old Millhouse sits in beautifully wooded surroundings which will be perfect for sketching outdoors. 
  • Portraiture: working from the model (members of the group can take it in turns to sit) we will explore drawing and painting the face to achieve a convincing likeness. 
  • Still-life/flower painting: develop your skills of observing and recording inanimate objects over a day or number of days to really hone your abilities. 
  • Figure Drawing: working from the supplied model (clothed/unclothed), we will look at anatomy and how the body works in a defined ‘space’. 

Diane is a figurative artist, but can also lead classes in abstract art (developing themes) if required, and she is available on commission to create your bespoke painting.

EDINBURGH WHISKY ACADEMY

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is Scotland’s first and only SQA-accredited centre of learning for whisky education. Our knowledge-based short course diplomas are aimed at serious whisky enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge as well as offering potentially career-enhancing qualifications for whisky industry workers, hospitality staff and spirits retailers. A much-needed independent authority on Scotch Whisky education, EWA’s unique position comes from its accreditation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, ensuring rigour at every stage. Developed in partnership with notable whisky experts, specialists and academics, our course content and curriculum is engaging, challenging and of the highest standard.

KINGS FIELD EVENTS

Our Activity Supplier, Kingsfield Events has been involved in organising small intimate events for individuals and groups for 16 Years.
Dealing with our Guests personal requests and thoughts on activities from :
Clay Shooting, Archery, Highland Games Activity Demos, Provision of Scottish Pipers & Dancers, Fishing , Falconry Display , Gun Dog Display, Golf and Exclusive Chauffeur Transport as well as Child Friendly Activities and much more.
Please contact Ronnie with Your proposals and he will endeavour to provide You with an interesting Event Itinerary to suit Your Personal requirements.

CYCLING TOURS

 Bike adventures off the beaten track. Distinctly Scottish rides for adventurous spirits – the Go-Where team have been organising guided and self-guided mountain biking breaks, tours and holidays for a long time. They’re proud to be the ‘Scotland only’ mountain bike, gravel and bikepacking travel specialist since turning their lifelong hobby into a guiding and holiday business back in 2008. They know exactly what makes any off-road bike holiday in Scotland so special and they’d love to show you too.

Contact them directly at https://go-where.co.uk

The Old Millhouse is ideally located 40 minutes from the mountain bike trails at Glentress forest. 

RUN THE SIGHTS

Do you like to keep fit when on holiday? Run the Sights provide guided running tours in and around Edinburgh so you can run like a local and learn about the sights along the way.   Run the Sights is a local Edinburgh business, overflowing with passion for running and exploring our beautiful city and the trails outwith the city.  

They specialise in creating interesting running tours, allowing you to keep fit, see the sights and make the most of your time in Edinburgh. From private tours to group tours, they have a tour and pace to suit all runners.

 

Run the Sights are kindly offering a bespoke service to guests of The Old Millhouse, join them on a guided run of your local trails around The Old Millhouse (not currently featured on their website).  Contact them directly for more information Info@runthesighs.co.uk 

Join Run the Sights, and experience the best fun on the run ever! “

 

Physiotherapist Led Pilates

One hour small group or 1:1 Pilates are available, held outside by the spa or in the orangery. This includes ten minutes of relaxation for the mind and body.

The session caters for all abilities from complete beginners to those with Pilates experience. It involves exercises which are performed both in standing and lying on the mat. Pilates exercises are designed to promote core stability, flexibility, endurance, and postural awareness. Resistance bands and small balls are used to help promote strength and flexibility.

This will be led by Chartered and HCPC Registered Physiotherapist, Michelle Bowen, owner of Eskbank Physiotherapy and Pilates .

Please contact Michelle directly to book via www.eskbankphysiotherapy.com

Fort Douglas at Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park is a truly special place just a five minute drive from the Old Millhouse. Set in 1,000 acres and home to Fort Douglas adventure park and Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant and Wellbeing Lab, it’s a place to explore, to have some fun. Fort Douglas adventure park is perfect for toddlers and children up to the age of 12. Explore huge treehouses, whoosh along zip wires, discover secret tunnels and brave the new Sky Maze with its invisible floor and HUGE slides! Plus, adults can go on everything too so the whole family can play together. Yipee!

Alba Game Fishing

Our partners Alba Game Fishing provide luxury fishing trips and mixed fishing and touring activities throughout Scotland. Established in 2004, Alba are endorsed by Orvis, and have a team of 20 guides across all locations, premium fishing tackle, permits and waders are included. They offer professionally guided fishing trips on the River Tweed  for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. In addition there are a number fo highly productive lochs within easy reach of The Old Millhouse, including a wonderful loch offering private Pike fishing  The experiences offer add-ons like, pro-photography, transport, cooked lunches and the ability to look after larger groups up to 50 people.