Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

Edinburgh's Old Town, which bears a great measure of symbolic weight as the "heart of Scotland's capital," is a boon for lovers of atmosphere and history. In contrast, if you appreciate the unique architectural heritage of the city's Enlightenment, then the New Town's for you. If you belong to both categories, don't worry—the Old and New towns are only yards apart. Princes Street runs east–west

along the north edge of the Princes Street Gardens. Explore the main thoroughfares but don't forget to get lost among the tiny wynds and closes: old medieval alleys that connect the winding streets.

Like most cities, Edinburgh incorporates small communities within its boundaries, and many of these are as rewarding to explore as Old Town and New Town. Dean Village, for instance, even though it's close to the New Town, has a character all of its own. Duddingston, just southeast of Arthur's Seat, has all the feel of a country village. Then there's Corstorphine, to the west of the city center, famous for being the site of Murrayfield, Scotland's international rugby stadium. Edinburgh's port, Leith, sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth, and throbs with smart bars and restaurants.

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Scottish Parliament

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Scotland's somewhat controversial Parliament building is dramatically modern, with irregular curves and angles that mirror the twisting...

Scottish Seabird Centre

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An observation deck, exhibits, and films at the Scottish Seabird Centre provide a captivating introduction to the world of the gannets...

Scottish Storytelling Centre

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This arts center is housed in a modern building that manages to blend seamlessly with the historic structures on either side. It hosts...

Soutra Mains

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If you follow the A68 5 miles south from Pathhead, you reach the very edge of the Lammermuir Hills. Just beyond the junction with the...

St. Mary's Parish Church

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The unmistakable red-sandstone St. Mary's Parish Church, with its Norman tower, stands in the village of Whitekirk on a site occupied...

Tantallon Castle

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Rising on a cliff beyond the flat fields east of North Berwick, Tantallon Castle is a substantial ruin defending a headland with the...

The Mound

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This rising street originated from the need for a dry-shod crossing of the muddy quagmire left behind when Nor' Loch, the body of water...

The Scottish Mining Museum

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In the former mining community of Newtongrange, the Scottish Mining Museum provides a good introduction to the history of Scotland's...

Waterloo Place

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The fine neoclassical architecture on this street was designed as a piece by Archibald Elliot (d. 1823) in 1815. Waterloo Place extends...

Writers' Museum

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Down a close off Lawnmarket is the 1662 Lady Stair's House, a fine example of 17th-century urban architecture. Inside, the Writer's Museum...

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