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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National Mining Museum Scotland 1

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Culross

  • Museum Village

With its Mercat Cross, cobbled streets, tolbooth, and narrow wynds (alleys), Culross, on the muddy shores of the Forth, is now a living...

Edinburgh Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

The crowning glory of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is popular not only because it's the symbolic heart of Scotland but also...

Jupiter Artland

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Kirk of the Greyfriars

  • Cemetery

Greyfriars Church, built circa 1620 on the site of a medieval monastery, was where the National Covenant, declaring that the Presbyterian...

National Gallery of Scotland

  • Museum/Gallery

Opened to the public in 1859, the National Gallery presents a wide selection of paintings from the Renaissance to the postimpressionist...

National Museum of Scotland

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Once the haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the setting for high drama—including at least one notorious murder, several major fires,...

Rosslyn Chapel

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This chapel has always beckoned curious visitors intrigued by the various legends surrounding its magnificent carvings, but today it...

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • Garden/Arboretum

Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens are part of this 70-acre garden just north of the city center. An impressive Chinese...

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

  • Museum/Gallery

This handsome former school building, close to the New Town, displays paintings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri...

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