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. Musselburgh

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    Musselburgh

    Musselburgh is a historic town in East Lothian, well known for golf, and its racecourse.

  2. Bents

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    Bents

  3. Kirkliston

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    Kirkliston

    The Forth Bridges loom to the north of Kirkliston, a small town south of South Queensferry and west of Edinburgh.

  4. Ratho

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    Ratho

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

  5. Tranent

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    Tranent

    Tranent is a small market town in East Lothian, 9 miles east of Edinburgh.

  6. Gifford

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    Gifford

    Gifford is a few miles south of Haddington in East Lothian.

  7. 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.

  8. Roslin

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    Roslin

    Roslin is now known the world over for Rosslyn Chapel - catapulted to fame in the mega-selling book, The Da Vinci Code.

  9. North Middleton

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    North Middleton

    North Middleton is a small village two miles south-east of Gorebridge in Midlothian.

  10. Prestonpans

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    Prestonpans

    East of Edinburgh, Prestonpans is the site of a famous battle.

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