Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

“See butterflies flying among exotic rainforest plants, trees and flowers” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

DALKEITH, MIDLOTHIAN

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Richly coloured butterflies from all over the world can be seen flying among exotic rainforest plants, trees and flowers. The tropical pools are filled with giant waterlilies, colourful fish and are surrounded by lush vegetation. There are daily animal handling sessions and opportunities to see the leaf-cutting ants, scorpions, poison frogs, snakes, tarantulas and other remarkable creatures. There is also a unique honeybee hive that can be visited in season.

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
Dobbies Garden World, Mellville Nursery, Lasswade, MIDLOTHIAN, EH18 1AZ

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily, summer 9.30-5.30; winter 10-5. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover Midlothian

With the Pentland Hills climbing to the west, the Moorfoot Hills to the south, and Edinburgh right on its doorstep, Midlothian is high up on the agenda for many visitors to Scotland. South of Edinburgh’s city bypass lies a swathe of former coal-mining country. The pits were closed in the 1980s, and former mining communities like Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge have become dormitory suburbs of the city. Gorebridge is a rather sleepy suburb these days. In the 19th century it produced gunpowder for Wellington’s armies and Nelson’s warships, and its peace was occasionally shattered by accidental explosions. You can see the scanty remains of the gunpowder mills nearby, but Gorebridge’s real attraction is a grand Georgian mansion built for a dynasty of Scottish magnates: Arniston House.

In a mining village south of Edinburgh you’ll find one of Scotland's most mysterious buildings. Rosslyn Chapel was founded here in 1446 and is linked with the Knights Templar and other secretive societies, and, believed by some to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail, a role publicised in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Make time to visit Dalhousie Castle, which claims to be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, built in 1450.

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