Edinburgh & Lothians
Discover Edinburgh and Lothians
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland but is a third of the population of Glasgow. Perversely the city has no motorway access to the South and since the local transport links are excellent the city and surrounding area can easily be accessed without a car, arriving by train or plane. The highest concentration of Scotland's major attractions are found within the city and surrounding area - Edinburgh being the top tourist destination in Britain outside of London because its attractions are mostly concentrated in a central area. For the purposes of this guide, the city centre and East Lothian are listed seperately and the Lothians are defined as mainly the areas to the North, South and West of the city.
Things to do in Edinburgh and Lothians
National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Museum of Modern Art displays the national collection of modern and contemporary art
Luffness Golf Club
Located in the center of the famous golf country on the East Lothian coastline. Luffness New Golf Club was established in 1894 and was designed by Old Tom Morris to provide challenging and enjoyable golf in a historic environment.
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These three iconic bridges span over the Firth of Forth, a true towering masterpiece of engineering over three centuries.
Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
The Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect Museum is home to beautiful butterflies, terrifying spiders, unusual bugs, and fascinating reptiles.
This beautifully stunning historic architecture is hundreds of years old, surviving attacks and fires, and is an incredible look into history.
With one of the oldest tower houses in Scotland, Chancellor Crichton's great hall, and a diamond-faceted facade added by Francis Stewart, this vision of the past is well worth the incredible visit.
Open to the public, this castle has been maintained and kept dating back to the 13th century. Once a strong bulwark against invasions towards Edinburgh, it belonged to the famous Maitland family for much of its history.
Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebury, this established mansion has stood since 1817.
Scott Monument is an incredible architectural memorial to Sir Walter Scott, an equally incredible literary figure.
This magnificent monastery is a beautiful sight to take in, with breathtaking grounds and frequent events to take part in.
Open to general visits from May to September, Jupiter Artland is an art gallery and contemporary sculpture park located just outside Edinburgh.
Paxton House is a historic house in Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles southwest of Berwick-upon-Tweed, bordering the River Tweed.
Edinburgh Zoo is a Scottish non-profit zoological park located in the capital city of Edinburgh. Founded on July 22, 1913 by William Speirs Bruce, among others, it is located on Corstorphine Hill, from where it offers a breathtaking view of the city. It is owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Rosslyn Chapel, formerly called Collegiate Church of St. Matthew, is a church built in the 15th century in the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland. About 11 km south of Edinburgh, it is located on the rise called Collegiate Hill.
Dalkeith Country Park
Dalkeith Country Park is a truly individual place. Just a few miles from Edinburgh, just off the city bypass, you'll find Fort Douglas Adventure Park and Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant and Wellness Lab. Plus, it's all set in 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland with marked walking and biking trails and a complete program of special events throughout the year.
Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house in Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently operated as a luxury hotel restaurant. The original house was built around 1590 by Lord Archibald Napier of Merchiston (the father of John Napier (1550-1617), inventor of logarithms). It was then acquired in 1683 by the Law of Brunton family of the Law of Lawbridge clan, which later became Law of Lauriston, baronet of Lauriston in Scotland and father of John Law of Lauriston, and marquis of Lauriston in France in the 19th century. The younger branch of this family kept the castle until 1823.
St Giles Cathedral
St. Giles Cathedral is a building built in the 11th century on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is acknowledged as the mother church of Presbyterianism.
The Pentland Hills are a series of hills to the southwest of Edinburgh, Scotland. The range extends for about 32 km from southwest of Edinburgh towards Biggar and the Upper Clyde.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress on a volcanic rock in the center of the city of Edinburgh. It has been used for military purposes for almost 300 years and has only recently been transferred to civilian use. It stands at the top of High Street, also known as the Royal Mile. Holyrood Palace lies at the bottom.
Blackness Castle is a fortress built in the 15th century in Scotland, in West Lothian, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. It is located on a peninsula near the Forth Bridge, not far from Edinburgh. After serving as a stronghold, prison and garrison, the castle is now managed by the Historic Scotland association.
The Edinburgh Canal Centre
The Edinburgh Canal Centre on the Union Canal runs cruises aboard the 'Pride of the Belhaven'
St John's Church
The Church of St John the Evangelist is imposing situated on one of the busiest corners of Edinburgh.
The Scottish Parliament is an interesting building whatever one's views about its cultural and political significance. Entry is free when not in session.
Almond Valley Heritage Center
The Almond Valley has a working farm, mill, Museum and light railway orientated round family fun
Cairnpapple was used from about 3,000 BC to 1400 BC firstly as a ceremonial site then several centuries later as a burial site.
Linlithgow Canal Centre
The Linlithgow Union Canal was founded in 1975 to encourage the restoration and use of the Union Canal. Enjoy a boat ride around the canal on the Victoria she was built in 1972.
The Boness and Kinneil Railway has been developed since 1979 located on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, Scotland's largest railway museum having over 60,000 visitors from abroad.
Tantallon Castle overlooks the Bass Rock outside North Berwick, and there are still staircases inside the curtain wall that can reach the battlements.
Bass Rock or the Bass is an uninhabited island in Scotland, located in the Firth of Forth estuary in the North Sea, about a mile and a half north-east of North Berwick. The island contains a lighthouse and the ruins of a castle and chapel and is an important nesting site for thousands of seabirds.
Scottish Mining Museum
The Scottish Mining Museum is a fun and informative day out for all the family.
Our Dynamic Earth is a significant science center and conference venue located in Holyrood, Edinburgh, adjacent to the offices of the Scottish Parliament. The center was opened in 1999 as one of the first and most significant projects supported by the UK Millennium Commission. The project was the centerpiece of an urban regeneration plan that served to bring vitality to former industrial land.
The Usher Hall is simply the most wonderful venue for classical concerts and choral recitals. Inspiring place.
Forth Boat Tours
Set sail for adventure and history while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. This fabulous cruise bridges the past and the present.
Muirfield golf course
Muirfield is a private links golf course that is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, and overlooking Firth of Forth, Muirfield was once one of the courses where the British Open is played in rotation.
Scottish National War Memorial and Museum
The Scottish National War Memorial is a First World War memorial located in Edinburgh Castle, the capital of Scotland. The monument honors soldiers who served in Scottish regiments in both World Wars and other conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Opened on 14 July 1927, the memorial was built in the central courtyard of Edinburgh Castle opposite the Great Hall, a 15th-century banqueting hall.