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 breathtaking gorge at Alva Glen, and walking paths (some are steep, so be prepared) that follow the gushing Alva Burn and pass...

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Arthur's Seat

  • Mountain–Sight

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

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...

Brass Rubbing Centre

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Make your own souvenir as you explore the past by creating do-it-yourself replicas (£2 to £6) from original Pictish stones and markers,...

Britannia

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Moored on the waterfront at Leith, Edinburgh's port north of the city center, is the former royal yacht, Britannia , launched in Scotland...

Calton Hill

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Robert Louis Stevenson's favorite view of his beloved city was from the top of this hill. The architectural styles represented by the...

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Want to view Edinburgh as Victorian travelers once did? Then head for the 17th-century Outlook Tower's camera obscura, where an optical...

Canongate

  • Neighborhood/Street

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

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This unadorned building, built in 1688, is run by the Church of Scotland and has an interesting graveyard. This is the final resting...

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