Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Dean Village

    Dean Village | Neighborhood/Street

    Founded as a milling community in the 12th century, this pretty residential area offers a pleasant respite from the noise and crowds of the...Read More

  • 2. Greyfriars Kirkyard

    Old Town | Cemetery

    This sprawling, hillside graveyard, surely one of the most evocative in Europe (particularly at twilight), is a giddy mess of old, tottering...Read More

  • 3. National Museum of Scotland

    Old Town | 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 first...Read More

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  • 4. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Inverleith | Garden/Arboretum

    Explore Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens at this beautiful 70-acre botanical garden. Founded in 1670 as a physic garden, it...Read More

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  • 5. Scottish National Gallery

    New Town | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 6. The Meadows

    South Side | Park/Playground

    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 ...Read More

  • 7. Water of Leith Walkway

    Leith | Trail/Path

    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 at...Read More

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. Arthur's Seat

    Old Town | 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 snapped...Read More

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  • 10. Calton Hill

    New Town | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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 of...Read More

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  • 11. Canongate Kirk

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 12. Canongate Tolbooth and People's Story Museum

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 14. George IV Bridge

    Old Town | Bridge/Tunnel

    Here's a curiosity—a bridge that most of its users don't ever realize is a bridge. With buildings closely packed on both sides, George IV Bridge...Read More

  • 15. George Street

    New Town | Neighborhood/Street

    With its high-end shops, upmarket bistros, and five-star hotels, all with handsome Georgian frontages, George Street is a more pleasant, less...Read More

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  • 16. Grassmarket


    For centuries an agricultural marketplace, Grassmarket is now the site of numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a hive of activity...Read More

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  • 17. High Kirk of St. Giles

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    St. Giles, which lies about one-third of the way along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, is one of the city's principal churches. It may...Read More

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  • 18. Lawnmarket

    Old Town | Neighborhood/Street

    The second of the streets that make up the Royal Mile, this was formerly the site of the city's produce market, with a once-a-week special sale...Read More

  • 19. Moray Place

    New Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    With its "pendants" of Ainslie Place and Randolph Crescent, Moray Place was laid out in 1822 by the Earl of Moray. From the start the homes...Read More

  • 20. Museum of Childhood

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

    Even adults tend to enjoy this cheerfully noisy museum—a cacophony of childhood memorabilia, vintage toys, antique dolls, and fairground games...Read More

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