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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Alva Glen

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

There's a gorgeously green gorge at Alva Glen. Lovely walking paths follow the gushing Alva Burn and pass many abandoned woolen mills,...

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

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Scottish-American industrialist and noted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was born here in 1835. Don't be misled by the simple exterior...

Arthur's Seat

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

Blackness Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Standing like a grounded ship on the very edge of the Forth, this curious 15th-century structure has had a varied career as a strategic...

Calton Hill

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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 heart...

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

  • Observatory/Planetarium

View Edinburgh like a Victorian at the city's 19th-century camera obscura. Head up Outlook Tower for the headline attraction—an optical...


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This section of the Royal Mile takes its name from the canons who once ran the abbey at Holyrood. Canongate—in Scots, gate means...

Canongate Kirk

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

Canongate Tolbooth and People's Story Museum

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

Castle Campbell

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With green woods below, bracken hills above, and a view that on a clear day stretches right across the Forth Valley to the tip of Tinto...


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