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, 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.

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Dalkeith

Towns & Villages
Dalkeith is a small town south-east of Edinburgh.

Dunbar

Towns & Villages
Dunbar is a pleasant town on the North Sea coast of East Lothian, about 30 miles east of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh - City Centre

City
Central Edinburgh has two distinct parts, divided by Princes Street, which runs roughly east-west under the shadow of Castle Rock.

Haddington

Towns & Villages
Haddington is a genteel, orderly town set amongst agricultural country in East Lothian.

Linlithgow

Towns & Villages
Linlithgow is famous for its Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Livingston

Towns & Villages
Livingston is a 'New Town' west of Edinburgh.

Musselburgh

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

North Berwick

Towns & Villages
North Berwick is a very pleasant seaside town in East Lothian, boasting great beaches and coastal scenery, and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Penicuik

Towns & Villages
Penicuik in Midlothian is the gateway to both the attractions of its own county and to Edinburgh and the Borders.

South Queensferry

Towns & Villages
South Queensferry is located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, between the iconic Forth Bridges – the railway bridge and the road bridge across the Forth.

Edinburgh Airport iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
The iCentre is happy to welcome and assist all visitors. Friendly staff provide knowledgeable information about travel, accommodation and places of interest for Edinburgh and Scotland.

Edinburgh iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Edinburgh iCentre welcomes you to Scotland. Find us on Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital. This one-stop shop helps you make the most of your time, and enhance your trip.

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.

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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