Wings & Scales: A Trip to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

The festive season is over, we are in that January lull of bad weather, and long nights… so, it is about the right time to add a splash of colour into our life…

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World is the world’s longest running butterfly house and one of Scotland’s favourite tourist and educational attractions. We offer a fantastic opportunity to explore exotic worlds, right here in Edinburgh. Step into our world of butterflies, reptiles, bugs and beasties! Take a tour through our rainforest or get close to the animals in a handling session during your visit.” [source]

This adventure to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World was a perfect pick-me-up from the post-festive blues! Butterfly World is the world’s longest running butterfly house, and it is very much a staple of fantastic tourist attractions in Edinburgh. I have been coming here since I was a kid, so I was really excited to bring Stuart and enjoy a day out here as a slightly bigger kid!!

Did you know? The Atlas moth is one of the largest butterfly and moth species in the world. It has a wingspan of over 11 inches, with a total surface area of as much as 62 square inches. Only the Hercules moth beats the Atlas moth in total wing surface area. You can see these stunning giants perched around many leaves within Butterfuly & Insect World. Did you spot any on your visit?

While small, Butterfly World has a lot to offer, and if you give it the time it deserves, you will find a new appreciation for the creepy crawly creatures housed within. I noticed some families dart about, and finish within about 30 minutes, but my top tip would be to take your time, and really look at everything you see, otherwise you might miss something spectacular!

My favourite part of Butterfly World is the hands-on sessions (check notice boards within the centre for daily timings) that they offer. The staff are always fantastically knowledgeable, and the passion they have for the animals in their care is demonstrated so perfectly, you can’t help but fall in love with all the residents they talk about.
For those a little scared of insects, and reptiles, I would highly recommend visiting one of these sessions, as it is a great chance to face your fears, and the staff are really considerate of everyone, and encouraging for those who are a little fearful.  I was also really impressed with the information given out by staff, which, combined with their passion for their animals helped to engage children and adults alike in conservation stories surrounding insects, as well as educating about the care of pets – as many of the reptile species in Butterfly World are rescue animals. I always hold animal centres in high regard when they promote conservation and education, and Butterfly World stands up highly in that regard, making it one of my firm favourites in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World at a glance…

Opening Hours
10:00 – 17:00 Daily

Adults: £7.95
Concessions: £6.95
Children (3 – 15 years old): £5.95 and (Under 3 years old): FREE

Getting There
Address: Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ OR use Google Maps here.

Additional Information
The site is mostly accessible, although some of the paths inside are fairly narrow.
The site is within Dobbies Garden Centre, where there is shopping, a cafe, and toilets available.
On warm days, both Dobbies and Butterfly World can get very busy! so try and go at off-peak times to guarantee a little quiet!!

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