Things to see and do in Edinburgh & The Lothians

Welcome to Edinburgh, inspiring capital city of Scotland. If you’re looking for a broad mixture of great things to see and do, Edinburgh and the Lothians is the place to be. Admire stunning scenery, striking architecture, fine food, first-class attractions, outdoor pursuits and beautiful coasts and countryside in the nearby Lothians. Uncover some fantastic shopping opportunities and discover why Edinburgh is the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A boy playing with leaves in Vogrie Country Park

Country parks

Head out of the city with a visit to one of the many beautiful country parks in the Lothian countryside for a fun family day.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Food and drink

From Michelin-star dining to a fantastic choice of bars and pubs, come and experience the true taste of Edinburgh & The Lothians

Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam

Edinburgh Festivals Guide

Download our FREE Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for all the hints, tips and highlights you need this July and August.

Bass Rock

Hides and reserves

Explore the rich variety of nature reserves and wildlife visitor centres found across Edinburgh & The Lothians.