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The perfect blend of cityscape, sea, hills and countryside, Edinburgh & The Lothians is a region with a lot to offer visitors looking for an active adventure. From adrenaline-pumping watersports to hill walking, city and country cycling and world-class golfing, it's little wonder the region is in big demand.

Skirting the great expanse of water that is the Firth of Forth, the region’s coastline is a buzz with watersports fanatics and newcomers to the sports. Lessons in surfing, diving, sea kayaking and sailing are readily available with the sheltered waters and pristine beaches of the Firth providing some of the best conditions in Scotland for all abilities.

Edinburgh is a very cycle-friendly city, letting cyclists gain access to parts of Edinburgh many don’t realise are there. As well as paths along the Union Canal and the Water of Leith, old railway lines have been pressed into service helping to avoid traffic and keep you moving. The region outside of Edinburgh is very rural, offering some of the best opportunities for visitors to visit castle ruins and more along cycle routes.

The golf courses across the region, particularly East Lothian, are world-renowned for their quality. Challenge yourself like a pro at Muirfield, which has played host to many major international tournaments like the 2013 Open Championship. The city of Edinburgh itself boasts the fourth oldest golf society in the world.

If you’re not a golfer, but still want to enjoy some peace and tranquillity, why not take to the rivers, lochs and reservoirs for some fishing? Fish for salmon and trout in the Tyne and Esk rivers, Leadburn Manor Fly Fishing Centre, Rosslynlee Trout Fishery, or Gladhouse, Glencorse and Loganlea reservoirs. 

The capital plays host to many international events, not least many sporting occasions. Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish Rugby located in Edinburgh’s west end,  is the arena for regular clashes in the Six Nations tournament and international tests as well as attracting spectators to cheer on local side Edinburgh Rugby in Heineken Cup ties and league matches.

  • Cycling across Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh
    Cycling across Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh
  • A couple walking up Calton Hill, Edinburgh
    A couple walking up Calton Hill, Edinburgh
  • A player tees off at the golf course at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, West Lothian
    A player tees off at the golf course at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, West Lothian
  • Two sea kayakers paddle close to the clifftop ruins of Tantallon Castle.
    Two sea kayakers paddle close to the clifftop ruins of Tantallon Castle.
  • A view of Edinburgh from the top slope of the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.
    Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Golfers walk between holes at the Winterfield Golf Club

Golf

Discover the great golf courses of Edinburgh & The Lothians including Muirfield, venue for the 2013 Open.

Cycling across Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh

Cycling

Cycling in Edinburgh & The Lothians is an excellent way to keep fit and explore the regions stunning scenery.

A couple walking up Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Walking

Explore Edinburgh & The Lothians on foot and discover the region's stunning city scapes and beautiful countryside.

Scottish rugby player runs with the ball (image: Scottish Rugby)

Rugby

Scotland’s international rugby weekends in Edinburgh are always special and generate an incredible atmosphere that’s unmissable.

Two sea kayakers paddle along the shore with the Bass Rock looming on the horizon.

Watersports

Edinburgh & The Lothians is an ideal location for an adrenaline-fuelled watersports adventure.

The view over Edinburgh from the top slope of the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

Adventure

Muster your courage and enjoy some thrilling action-packed adventures in Edinburgh & The Lothians.