|National Mining Museum Scotland, acrylic, 16.5x25cm|
Each time I go on the Borders Railway Line I remember so strongly the first time I travelled on it as a newly (re)opened line back in 2015 - 2015/09/scotland-by-rail-new-borders-railway.
I can't describe how exciting it was to suddenly have a new railway line to explore! I can't wait until another new bit, the Levenmouth Rail Link, opens in hopefully not much more than a year from now:
Here are a couple of my past Scotland By Rail Borders Line trips:
1 - Tweedbank - Abbotsford House, nuthatches, kingfisher, Robin's Pincushions, Darnick...
I loved this walk.
2 - Stow - sheep, river, well, 5 dippers, up into the hills
(There seem to be puns flying everywhere in this one. It must have been before having children)
Anyway, back to Newtongrange:
In Edinburgh, Waverlying goodbye to uncle Roan:
|brothers in love (one of them not given much choice)|
Newtongrange station. Spot the roof of the Mining Museum.
|Newtongrange station, zigzaggy footpath past the car park and up to the village.|
|beautiful yarrow and pithead winding wheel|
|Miners Memorial and Newtongrange Church|
|Welfare Park, a great big green space|
Then to the National Mining Museum:
|Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace, a Historic Environment Scotland site and another Scotland By Rail day - Taynuilt station on the line to Oban.|
I thought I'd blogged this years ago but it appears not. Oops.
My closest is Loch Awe - walk to Cruachan Dam and special St Conan's Kirk
|Now the National Mining Museum Scotland|
|nb the miners are models.|
|the outside of that elevated tunnel (model miners inside)|
|other Midlothian Things To Do|
The National Mining Museum Scotland is open daily.
There are tours you can book on or you can go around entirely solo. We spent about two hours there but I could and would like to spend much longer than that
The museum has a nice cafe but you should check which days it is open. If you need food on a cafe-closed day there is The Dean Tavern only a ten minute walk away down the main street (name - Main Street) of Newtongrange. Really nice to do that as you get to have a feel for the village as in my pics above. Along that street there is also a Scotmid (with hot food), a Coop and a Best-one newsagent.
There are lots of festive things at the museum this December (2022), such as screenings of the Polar Express, The Snowman and more; Santa's Grotto; a panto... - https://www.nationalminingmuseum.com/experience/whats-on/