Edinburgh and the Lothians

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Culross Palace

    Don't let the name fool you: this 16th-century merchant's house was never a royal residence, and lacks the ostentatious grandeur of a palace. It is,...Read More

  • 2. Dean Village

    Dean Village

    Founded as a milling community in the 12th century, this pretty residential area offers a pleasant respite from the noise and crowds of the city....Read More

  • 3. Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

    This impressive complex, the literal and metaphorical centerpiece of Dunfermline, was founded in the 11th century as a Benedictine abbey by Queen Margaret, the English...Read More

  • 4. Edinburgh Castle

    Old Town

    The crowning glory of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is popular not only for its pivotal role in Scottish history, but also because of the...Read More

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  • 5. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

    West End

    Whisky may be Scotland's most famous spirit, but gin also has a long and storied history here. Edinburgh Gin is a small distillery and visitor...Read More

  • 6. Greyfriars Kirkyard

    Old Town

    This sprawling, hillside graveyard, surely one of the most evocative in Europe (particularly at twilight), is a giddy mess of old, tottering tombstones that mark...Read More

  • 7. Holyrood Distillery

    South Side

    Despite Edinburgh's long history of whisky production, there hadn't been a single malt distillery in the city for almost a century until this place opened...Read More

  • 8. Isle of May

    This small island in the middle of the Firth of Forth is home to many interesting sights, from the ruins of a medieval priory to...Read More

  • 9. Johnnie Walker Princes Street

    New Town

    Opened in late 2021, this state-of-the-art, interactive whisky experience is a dizzying sensory experience. The regular 90-minute Journey of Whisky tour uses impressive animation, immersive...Read More

  • 10. Jupiter Artland

    The beautiful grounds of a Jacobean manor house have been transformed by an art-loving couple, Robert and Nicky Wilson, into an impressive sculpture park. With...Read More

  • 11. National Museum of Scotland

    Old Town

    This museum traces the country's fascinating story from the oldest fossils to the most recent popular culture, making it a must-see for first-time visitors to...Read More

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  • 12. Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Old Town

    The one-time haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has a long history of gruesome murders, destructive fires, and power-hungry personalities. Today,...Read More

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  • 13. Rosslyn Chapel

    This chapel has always beckoned curious visitors intrigued by the various legends surrounding its magnificent carvings, but today it pulses with tourists as never before....Read More

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  • 14. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


    Explore Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens at this beautiful 70-acre botanical garden. Founded in 1670 as a physic garden, it now has a range...Read More

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  • 15. Scottish National Gallery

    New Town

    Opened to the public in 1859, the Scottish National Gallery presents a wide selection of paintings from the Renaissance to the Postimpressionist period within a...Read More

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  • 16. Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House

    Old Town

    The stripped-down, low-fi, traditional art of storytelling has had something of a resurgence in Britain since the turn of the century, and there are few...Read More

  • 17. Tantallon Castle

    Travel east along the flat fields from North Berwick, and the imposing silhouette of Tantallon Castle, a substantial, semiruined medieval fortress, comes dramatically into view....Read More

  • 18. The Meadows

    South Side

    Edinburgh's most popular green space, The Meadows is the first port of call for nearby workers, students, and families when the sun is out (or...Read More

  • 19. Water of Leith Walkway


    The Water of Leith, Edinburgh's main river, rises in the Pentland Hills, skirts the edges of the city center, then heads out to the port...Read More

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