Towns and villages in Edinburgh & The Lothians

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  • A view over Edinburgh rooftops to Arthur's Seat
    Arthur's Seat
  • Ornate fountain in the square of East Linton
    East Linton
  • The Edinburgh skyline from Holyrood Park with the Castle, the Tolbooth of St John's Kirk, St Giles and the Old Town visible
    Edinburgh skyline - Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town from Holyrood Park
  • The Cross, the centre of Linlithgow High Street
    The Cross, Linlithgow High Street
  • Looking over the water to the shorefront of North Berwick
    The beach at North Berwick

Learn all about the towns and villages in Edinburgh & The Lothians with descriptions, history and nearby attractions.

Combining the bustle of the city, the beauty of the coastline and the tranquility of the countryside, Edinburgh & The Lothians offers wonderful variety combining history, culture and adventure.

Edinburgh boasts world-class museums, galleries and visitor attractions, captivating history and architecture, relaxing parks and gardens, a thriving dining scene and buzzing nightlife. As the 'world’s festival capital', there’s always an event or festival to keep you entertained.

This compact city is easy to explore, and the diversity of its areas will amaze you. Explore the restaurants, cafés and bars around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket, chic Stockbridge and charming Morningside. Enjoy the central shopping area around Princes Street and George Street, relax at a coastal spot such as Portobello or take a walk along the Water of Leith.

In the Lothians you can visit Dunbar, the birthplace of John Muir where you can learn more about the work and achievements of the pioneering conservationist. The award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre is based in North Berwick and you can observe seabirds like puffins and gannets in a spectacular coastal setting.

Browse the charming independent shops in Linlithgow or indulge your inner shopaholic in Livingston at The Centre or McArthurGlen Livingston Designer Outlet.

Linlithgow is known for its palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Step inside the evocative ruin of Linlithgow Palace, only minutes from the historic, cobbled high street of this Royal Burgh or head to Linlithgow Canal Basin and take a tranquil boat trip along the Union Canal.

Discover history and heritage in Midlothian. Visit Newbattle Abbey, with its connections to Mary Queen of Scots, in the historic market town of Dalkeith. The National Mining Museum in Newtongrange offers a perfect family day out as Scotland’s relationship with coal is brought to life.

Use the information to find the perfect towns and villages in Edinburgh & The Lothians for your accommodation, so you can be nearby activities and attractions.

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  1. Leith

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    Leith

    Leith is an area like no other. Boasting its own distinct character, Leith is a hub of lively eating and drinking spots, creativity and cultural diversity.

  2. Dirleton

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    Dirleton

    Dirleton is a genteel hamlet two miles east of Gullane in East Lothian with a village green and a romantic 13th-century ruined castle.

  3. Royal Mile and Grassmarket

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Leading from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland's historic capital. Just a short walk away is the eclectic Grassmarket, a vibrant area steeped in the city's colourful history.

  4. Broxburn

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    Broxburn

    'The valley of badgers', Broxburn is a West Lothian town situated on the Union Canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  5. Pathhead

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    Pathhead

    Pathhead is a small village four miles south-east of Dalkeith in Midlothian.

  6. Ratho

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    Ratho

    Ratho is a village eight miles west of Edinburgh with a world-class indoor climbing arena.

  7. Athelstaneford

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    Athelstaneford

    Athelstaneford is a village three miles north-east of Haddington in East Lothian.

  8. Bathgate

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    Bathgate

    Situated 18 miles south-west of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bathgate is West Lothian's second largest settlement.

  9. Penicuik

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    Penicuik

    Penicuik in Midlothian is the gateway to both the attractions of its own county and to Edinburgh and the Borders.

  10. Stenton

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    Stenton

    'The stone town' of Stenton is a farming village south-west of Dunbar in East Lothian.

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