Edinburgh & The Lothians

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Edinburgh & The Lothians

Edinburgh & The Lothians are so close, yet they're both so very different. Scotland's cosmopolitan capital city borders with miles of lush countryside and the attractive coastline of the Lothians, which offer visitors a captivating blend of rich history, natural beauty and adventure. This certainly ticks all the boxes for a fantastic holiday that combines the best of both worlds!

Rich history

We are not lying when we say that the region bursts with historical attractions. From the striking clifftop fortification of Tantallon Castle in North Berwick and the imposing Blackness Castle near Linlithgow to the magnificent Palladian style mansion of Arniston House in Gorebridge and Gladstone's Land at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile - be prepared to be swamped for choices! Edinburgh itself is steeped in history. From its world-famous castle, perched atop a volcanic rock, to its palace, HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland, and from the Georgian House to the National Museum of Scotland and every brick and cobbled alley in between - the city is a historical jewel.

Natural beauty

You don't need to travel far from Edinburgh city centre to escape to the beautiful countryside of the Lothians. Stroll along Portobello's pretty beach which is only a stone throw away from the city centre, head to Pentland Hills Regional Park on the outskirts of the city, or spot incredible wildlife at Polkemmet Country Parkand. Savour some magnificent sights of sweeping landscapes and sandy beaches such as Belhaven Bay along the John Muir Way. Be warned - the views are addictive!

Live the adventure

Adrenaline seekers and casual ramblers will be at home in Edinburgh & The Lothians with a great range of outdoor activities. Scale the imposing and iconic Arthur's Seat, explore the region by bike with the 15-mile circular North Esk Cycle Loop in Midlothian. Or practice your swing in East Lothian, Scotland's 'Golf Coast', and if you're a water baby you can try out your skills with an amazing range of watersports.

Learn about the turbulent life of Mary Queen of Scots and the Penicuik Jewels at Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian, or discover the first animal to be cloned, Dolly the Sheep, at Roslin Institute, Midlothian. Explore these gems and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Edinburgh's Old and New Towns

An architectural mixture of narrow medieval wynds and neoclassical elegance - together comprise one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world.

Forth Bridge

Gracefully spanning the Firth of Forth, this imposing cantilever bridge is one of the modern engineering marvels of the world.

Go Beyond Edinburgh

Explore brilliant attractions in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders along the Borders Railway with the Beyond Edinburgh sightseeing card.

Travel in Edinburgh & The Lothians

Getting here

The region enjoys an extensive network of road, rail and flight links which make travel to Edinburgh & The Lothians quick and convenient from every corner of the world. The city also enjoys great access to the Scottish motorway network, and regular train and coach services.

Getting around

Is it easy to move around? Most definitely! Edinburgh is a super compact city which makes exploring really easy. You can get around on foot, by bike, by tram or use the extensive bus and railway network, which offers fast and regular service connecting the city with the surrounding towns and villages in the Lothians. There are also several parks & ride services, or you can hail a cab.

Volcano in the heart of the city?! Yes, even two! But it's okay - they're dormant!

Arthur's Seat & The Castle Rock

Would you have guessed that they once spewed ash and lava?

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