Visitor Attractions

Visitor Information - Edinburgh and the Lothians

History and Heritage



Out and About:

Edinburgh & Lothians:  Accommodation

Edinburgh, of course, is a 'must-see' for all those who haven't sampled its numerous visitor attractions. There's no doubt that it has earned its place as one of the finer capital cities and it would be easy to spend time discovering just why that is.

The city is also an ideal base to explore areas close by. Midlothian and East Lothian are often overlooked but contain a wealth of history and there's much to see and do. Golf enthusiasts, for example, won't be disappointed with the choice of courses on offer. The coastline runs round from the Forth and North Berwick down to Dunbar where the John Muir Country Park can be found. Inland, the Pentland, Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills are popular with walkers and ramblers.

Edinburgh Castle

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Ramparts

It's scarcely possible to visit Edinburgh without seeing the castle, but if you want to take a closer look then you'll need to make your way up to the castle at the top of the Royal Mile. Guided tours are available if you wish.

Palace of Holyrood House

At the other end of the Royal Mile is the Queen's official residence in Scotland. It houses the Royal Apartments and offers exhibitions of art from the Royal Collection.

Hailes Castle

Hailes Castle

Situated near Haddington and said to be one of the oldest castles in the country.

Tantallon Castle

Along the Forth and past North Berwick, you'll come across the brooding Tantallon Castle sitting on top of the cliffs overlooking the Bass Rock. From below, its craggy outline is quite distinctive and a detour down to the beach at The Gegan is worthwhile to get a different perspective.

Preston Mill

Preston Mill

Picturesque 18th century mill and dovecot near East Linton.

Scott Monument

The obvious landmark on Princes Street. Climb the steps of this tribute to Walter Scott for stunning views of the city.

Dalmeny House

Dalmeny House

Near South Queensferry. Contains fine collections of furniture, tapestries, porcelain and paintings.

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk

Edinburgh. The church was the first built in Edinburgh after the Reformation and opened in 1620.

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House

South Queensferry. Magnificent classical house, situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth.

Lennoxlove House

Near Haddington. Dates back to the fourteenth century. Collections of furniture, paintings and memorabilia.

Roslyn Chapel

Roslin, near Edinburgh. Fifteenth century building with intricate carvings and sculptures.

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey

Firth of Forth. Take a trip on the Maid of the Forth ferry to visit the Abbey on Inchcolm Island.


Museums and Galleries:

National Library of Scotland

Free admission to the library and exhibitions on George IV Bridge

National Gallery of Scotland

Located on The Mound. For more details and information about current exhibitions, try the website where you'll also find details of the of Modern Art Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

The Scottish Mining Museum

The Scottish Mining Museum

Testament to an all but extinct industry and housed at the former Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange.

John Muir's Birthplace

Dunbar has a museum of its own and also this one, depicting the life of John Muir.

More details at John Muir

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

An innovative museum packed full of things to prod, sniff, shake and discover, with activities to make all the family smile and wonder. There's an indoor adventure playground, a soft play area, and on summer weekends, trailer rides and trips on the narrow-gauge railway.

Linlithgow Story

The museum tells the story of Linlithgow and its growth during the reigns of the Stewart kings of Scotland . It also tells of trades of the town and something of the life of the people. The story is told using not only traditional museum artifacts but through audio and video presentations.

Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield, near Haddington. A variety of aeroplanes, rockets and memorabilia including the Concord Experience. There's even a hundred-year old hang glider...

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

A superb collection of Expressionist art, and also early 20th century French paintings with works by Matisse, among others.


Parks and Gardens:

Royal Botanic Gardens

Inverleith Row, Edinburgh. Extensive collection of treasures from around the world. Exhibitions and displays.

Roslin Glen Country Park

Woodland walks, Roslin Castle and Rosslyn Chapel.

John Muir Country Park

John Muir Country Park, Dunbar

Located on the coast near Dunbar and well worth exploring.

Dalkeith Country Park

Wooded estate, former home of the Dukes of Buccleuch. Childrens' adventure playground.

Beecraigs Country Park

Nestled high in the Bathgate Hills, Beecraigs caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares. Advice, information, farm shop, craft sales and refreshments are available from the Park Centre.

Holyrood Park

Edinburgh. Large open area dominated by Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat which gives superb views over the city.


Visitor Attractions:

Edinburgh Zoo

Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth

Holrood Road, Edinburgh. A journey through time.

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

The Harbour, North Berwick. Interactive cameras and exhibitions of Scottish seabird habitats.

Vogrie Country Park

Near Gorebridge. Free admission. Woodland walks, Victorian parkland, childrens' adventure play area.

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Historic railway buildings and a journey through West Lothian countryside to Birkhill where there is a fireclay mine.

Carberry Candle Cottage

Carberry Candle Cottage

Musselburgh. A candle factory and shop.

Camera Obscura

Try this for a unique and completely different view of Edinburgh.

Butterfly & Insect World

Butterfly and Insect World

Edinburgh Crystal Glasshouse

Interactive exhibition and an opportunity to watch the production process.

Linlithgow Canal Centre

Linlithgow Canal Centre

Linlithgow Union Canal Society operates boat trips from Manse Road Basin every weekend from Easter until the first week in October. Museum and tea room.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre Tour brings 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life. This uniquely interactive experience of sights, sounds and smells, offers you the opportunity to discover how whisky is made

Water of Leith

A number of scenic pathways follow the river as wends its way through the heart of Edinburgh. There is a vistor centre at Slateford.


Sport & Leisure:


Fenton Barns, North Berwick. The Scottish Archery Centreoffers indoor instruction and supervision for archery, crossbow and air-rifle. Phone first on 0131 225 3858

Cycle Hire

For mountain or touring bikes try Bike Trax
tel 0131 228 6633

Sea.fari Adventures

Boat trips from either Leith or South Queensferry to view the Forth rail and road bridges, islands, the Abbey on Inchcolm and local wildlife.

Horse Riding

Windy Gowl Farm, near West Linton. Enjoy exhilarating rides into the hills on rare Icelandic horses.


Mavis Hall Park, near Humbie, East Lothian, offers clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 driving and quad biking. More details at or phone on 01875 833733



Celtic Trails

Chapel at Temple

Day and half-day tours to sites of Celtic and prehistoric interest near Edinburgh. Unusual and fascinating.
tel 0131 477 5416/477 5419
tel 0787 9838401 (mobile)

Whisky Tasting

Scotch Whisky Connoisseur Tutored Tastings: exclusive whisky tastings for groups of 10-100+. Optional Scottish entertainment and banquet.
tel 01506 840403

Tartan Trail Tours

Specialising in themed tours of Scotland.
tel 01506 430554

Ossian Archaeology Tours

Tours with an archaeologist exploring ancient and historic monuments in the Lothians.
tel 0131 553 7574

Auld Reekie Tours

Terrifying tours: the underground city, haunted vault, pagan temple, medieval torture exhibition.
tel 0131 557 4700

Leith Walks

Tim Bell

Guided walking and driving service in Edinburgh and Scotland.
tel 0131 555 2500

Literary Pub Tour

Professional actors: drinking (perhaps), thinking (maybe), entertainment (guaranteed).
tel 0131 226 6665

The Cadies - Witchery Tours

Adam Lyal

Witches, plague, disaster. Light-hearted ghostly themed walks featuring jumperooters.
tel 0131 225 6745

Rabbies's Trail Burners

Isle of Harris

Highland minicoach tours. Reach the parts other tours don't reach.
tel 0131 226 3133

Scotline Tours

Comprehensive city tours. Also Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, St Andrews, whiskey distillery, Borders.
tel 0131 557 0162

Timberbush Tours

Guided, tailor-made, 1-2 day tours of Scotland. 7-24 seat luxury vehicles. Friendly, informative guides.
tel 0131 555 4689

Guide Friday

Open-top guided bus tours of Edinburgh - tickets valid all day. Britannia shuttle bus.
tel 0131 556 2244



Mr Wood's Fossils

Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Large collection of fossils from Scotland and abroad. Also crystals and minerals.

Bagpipes Galore

Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Make and sell bagpipes.

Edinburgh Bear Co

46 High St, Royal Mile. Full of teddy bears from around the world. Limited editions and exclusive designs.

White Dove Crafts

140 High St, Royal Mile. Stocks a wide range of collectables.


Car Hire:

A2B Chauffeur Drive

A2B Chauffeur Drive provides a comprehensive range of chauffeur driven car hire services, offering Stretch Limousines, People Carriers, Mercedes and Range Rovers. Whether you are a busy executive, an anxious bride or for an extra special occasion, you can be fully assured that you will reach your destination in safety, comfort and style.
tel 0131 652 9998

Barnton Chauffeur Drive

Airport and city transfers. Chauffeur guided city and countryside tours. Mercedes S-Clas and Chrysler people carriers.
tel 0131 339 2971

Gran Turismo

Self drive classic car hire: touring Scotland, custom itineraries, accommodation advice.
tel 0131 466 3447

Chauffeur Drive

First class vehicles, friendly, knowledgeable chauffeurs. Family business since 1980.
tel 0131 440 1192

Condor Self Drive

Low cost car, van, mpv & luxury 4x4 rental. Delivery and collection available.
tel 0131 229 6333

Chrisanda Chauffer Drive

At Chrisanda, we offer you not only a service that you can rely on but one that you will remember for a long time. By trusting us, we promise to deliver you a luxurious, informative and discreet service that will ensure you reach your destination in the best possible fashion.
tel 0131 657 3409

Edinburgh Van Hire

Edinburgh Van Hire

Edinburgh Van Hire provide self drive van hire in Edinburgh to over 120 nationwide locations. Our flexible van hire options allow you to hire a van for a day, week, month or longer and one-way or back to base.

Auto Europe

Auto Europe

A car rental in Edinburgh, Scotland is your first step toward a fun and historic trip. From the cobbled streets of Old Town Edinburgh to the beautiful avenues of New Town, Edinburgh is a city full of contrast that can best be explored with the freedom provided by a rental car. Pick up your Edinburgh car rental at Scotland's Edinburgh Airport or enjoy the convenience of pick-up at Waverley Rail Station



McKinley Enterprises

McKinley Enterprises, Edinburgh. Offers Property & Accommodation Rentals. Flats & Apartments to Rent or Let. Holiday Homes & Caravans for sale or renting. Chauffeur Drive Car Hire Services.
tel 0131 652 9998





Selected Accommodation in Edinburgh and Lothian


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Kew House, Edinburgh
Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh
Apex European Hotel, Edinburgh
Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh
Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall
Allinson House Hotel, Edinburgh
Learmonth Hotel, Edinburgh
easyHotel, Edinburgh
Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh
Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar
Lairg Hotel, Edinburgh

Ashdene Guest House, Edinburgh
Ashdene Guest House, Edinburgh
Emmaus Guest House, Dunbar
Sandaig Guest House, Edinburgh
Rathan House, Dalkeith

Patieshill Farmhouse B&B, Penicuik
Strawberry Bank House, Linlithgow
The Gables B&B, Bathgate
The Dean, Longniddry
Room in the Country, Livingston
Adniston Manor, Tranenet
Springrove House, Bathgate
Ashcroft Farmhouse, Livingston
Maple Cottage B&B, Gullane
Hillview B&B, Bathgate
St Margaret's B&B, North Berwick
Tarrareoch Farm B&B, Armadale
2 Goose Green Mews, Gullane

Self Catering



Spring Gardens, Edinburgh
Ocean Apartments, Edinburgh
Morningside Apartment, Edinburgh
Seaview Flat, North Berwick
The Mews, Edinburgh
Grassmarket Apartment, Edinburgh
Drem Farmhouse, North Berwick
Imperial Flat, North Berwick
Winton Farmhouse, Pencaitland
Winton Cottage, Pencaitland
Blair Street Apartment, Edinburgh
Hunters Cottages, Rosewell
Cairnsmore, North Berwick
Ross Residence, Leith, Edinburgh
Pilrig House Apartments, Edinburgh
Williamscraig Cottages, Linlithgow
Golden Oak Chalet, Dunbar
Chelmsford House Flat, North Berwick
Anchor View, North Berwick
The Nook, South Queensferry
Puffins Lookout, North Berwick
Number Three, Edinburgh
West Wing, East Linton
Town View, Linlithgow
East Lothian Cottages, Haddington
Gairnshiel Cottage, West Calder



Serviced Apartments



Ocean Apartments, Edinburgh
Staycity Apartments, Edinburgh




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