Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Culross Palace

    Don't let the name fool you: this 16th-century merchant's house was never a royal residence, and lacks the ostentatious grandeur of a palace. It is,...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

    This impressive complex, the literal and metaphorical centerpiece of Dunfermline, was founded in the 11th century as a Benedictine abbey by Queen Margaret, the English...Read More

  • 4. Edinburgh Castle

    Old Town

    The crowning glory of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is popular not only for its pivotal role in Scottish history, but also because of the...Read More

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  • 5. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

    West End

    Whisky may be Scotland's most famous spirit, but gin also has a long and storied history here. Edinburgh Gin is a small distillery and visitor...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Holyrood Distillery

    South Side

    Despite Edinburgh's long history of whisky production, there hadn't been a single malt distillery in the city for almost a century until this place opened...Read More

  • 8. Isle of May

    This small island in the middle of the Firth of Forth is home to many interesting sights, from the ruins of a medieval priory to...Read More

  • 9. Johnnie Walker Princes Street

    New Town

    Opened in late 2021, this state-of-the-art, interactive whisky experience is a dizzying sensory experience. The regular 90-minute Journey of Whisky tour uses impressive animation, immersive...Read More

  • 10. Jupiter Artland

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

  • 11. 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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  • 12. Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Old Town

    The one-time haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has a long history of gruesome murders, destructive fires, and power-hungry personalities. Today,...Read More

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  • 13. Rosslyn Chapel

    This chapel has always beckoned curious visitors intrigued by the various legends surrounding its magnificent carvings, but today it pulses with tourists as never before....Read More

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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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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  • 16. Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House

    Old Town

    The stripped-down, low-fi, traditional art of storytelling has had something of a resurgence in Britain since the turn of the century, and there are few...Read More

  • 17. Tantallon Castle

    Travel east along the flat fields from North Berwick, and the imposing silhouette of Tantallon Castle, a substantial, semiruined medieval fortress, comes dramatically into view....Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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