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Edinburgh & The Lothians is a region of iconic landmarks, world-famous festivals and exciting possibilities. Find excellent attractions, activities and entertainment in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, and beautiful, peaceful countryside in the Lothians.

You’ll find the best of both worlds in Edinburgh & The Lothians. Discover the vibrant, cosmopolitan and stunningly beautiful capital city of Scotland and the scenic countryside and coastline of the Lothians. Whether you’re looking for enthralling history and heritage, dramatic cultural landmarks, fascinating museums, fine food and drink or outstanding natural beauty, you’ll find it all in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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

From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts blending shopping, historic attractions, gardens and plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can relax.

From historic properties and wonderful wildlife to world-class golf and exciting outdoor activities, there is so much to discover in the Lothians. Explore evocative ruins, spot distinctive species and play a round on an Open Championship course.

  • A pipe band marches along Princes Street
    Pipers on Princes Street
  • Couple walking on a path/track in the Pentland Hills Regional Park - just south of the city of Edinburgh.
    Pentland Hills Regional Park
  • 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
  • A plate of freshly prepared crab from Restaurant Martin Wishart, The Shore, Edinburgh
    Crab dish from Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
  • A gannet flying above the Firth of Forth
    A Gannet
A pipe band march along Princes Street, Edinburgh

Arts and culture

Explore arts and culture attractions, events and more in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

A couple walking on a path/track in the Pentland Hills Regional Park - just south of the city of Edinburgh

Nature and geography

Discover the nature and geography of Edinburgh & The Lothians which offers outdoor activities, wildlife watching and much more.

The view to the castle from Calton Hill in the city centre of Edinburgh. The Balmoral Clock Tower is visible

History

Edinburgh & The Lothians boasts a rich history which can be uncovered in castles, stately homes and battle sites.

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

A couple gaze out over Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Architecture

Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and its stunning rich architectural heritage is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

A butterfly on a white flower at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

Wildlife

Discover Edinburgh & The Lothians' abundant wildlife, from seabirds in the Firth of Forth to exotic animals in Edinburgh Zoo.

The Edinburgh skyline from Holyrood Park with the Castle, the Tolbooth of St John's Kirk, St Giles and the Old Town visible

Area overview

Boasting an ancient and culturally vibrant city, miles of lush countryside and attractive coastline, Edinburgh & The Lothians offers visitors a captivating blend of rich history, natural beauty and adventure.

The city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Itineraries

Plan a great day out using our itineraries for Edinburgh & The Lothians. Enjoy an exciting day in the city of Edinburgh or follow the Linlithgow Heritage Trail around historic attractions.

Fringe goers use rickshaws to get around during the festival, Edinburgh

Travel

Find information on travel to and around Edinburgh & The Lothians by car, bus, train, plane and ferry.