Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Inverleith

    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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  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. Water of Leith Walkway

    Leith

    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

  • 8. Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

    Scottish-American industrialist and noted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was born here in 1835. Don't be misled by the simple exterior of this 18th-century weaver's cottage—inside it...Read More

  • 9. Arthur's Seat

    Old Town

    The high point of 640-acre Holyrood Park is this famously spectacular viewpoint. You'll have seen it before—countless photos have been snapped from this very spot....Read More

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  • 10. Calton Hill

    New Town

    Robert Louis Stevenson's favorite view of his beloved city was from the top of this hill, and it's easy to see why. Located in the...Read More

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  • 11. Canongate Kirk

    Old Town

    This unadorned Church of Scotland building, built in 1688, is best known for its graveyard. It is the final resting place of several notable Scots,...Read More

  • 12. Canongate Tolbooth and People's Story Museum

    Old Town

    Nearly every city and town in Scotland once had a tolbooth. Originally a customhouse, where tolls were gathered, it soon came to mean town hall...Read More

  • 13. George IV Bridge

    Old Town

    Here's a curiosity—a bridge that most of its users don't ever realize is a bridge. With buildings closely packed on both sides, George IV Bridge...Read More

  • 14. George Street

    New Town

    With its high-end shops, upmarket bistros, and five-star hotels, all with handsome Georgian frontages, George Street is a more pleasant, less crowded thoroughfare for strolling...Read More

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  • 15. Grassmarket

    For centuries an agricultural marketplace, Grassmarket is now the site of numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a hive of activity at night. Sections...Read More

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  • 16. High Kirk of St. Giles

    Old Town

    St. Giles, which lies about one-third of the way along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, is one of the city's principal churches. It may...Read More

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  • 17. John Muir Country Park

    Set on the estuary of the River Tyne, winding down from the Moorfoot Hills, the John Muir Country Park encompasses varied coastal scenery: rocky shoreline,...Read More

  • 18. Lawnmarket

    Old Town

    The second uppermost of the streets that make up the Royal Mile, this was formerly the site of the city's produce market, with a once-a-week...Read More

  • 19. Moray Place

    New Town

    With its "pendants" of Ainslie Place and Randolph Crescent, Moray Place was laid out in 1822 by the Earl of Moray. From the start the...Read More

  • 20. Museum of Childhood

    Old Town

    Even adults tend to enjoy this cheerfully noisy museum—a cacophony of childhood memorabilia, vintage toys, antique dolls, and fairground games. The museum claims to have...Read More

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