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
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!
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.
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.