Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

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

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Scottish Seabird Centre

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

Scottish Storytelling Centre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The stripped down, low-fi, traditional art of storytelling has had something of a resurgence in Britain over the last decade or so, and...

Soutra Mains

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

  • Neighborhood/Street

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 Pentlands

  • Mountain–Sight

This unmistakable range of hills begins almost in the suburbs of the city. There are several other access points along the A702 running...

The Real Mary King's Close

  • Ghost Town

Hidden beneath the City Chambers, this narrow, cobbled close, or lane, named after a former landowner, is said to be one of Edinburgh's...

Waterloo Place

  • Neighborhood/Street

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

Writers' Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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


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