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Edinburgh and the Lothians


Edinburgh courtesy Visit Britain Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. It is basically divided into two parts of interest to the visitor, the old town and the new town. Of special note in the old town is the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh castle by Barbara Ballard At one end is Edinburgh castle sitting high above the city. It’s the setting for Edinburgh’s famous military tattoo.The oldest part dates from the Norman period. From the 11th to the 16th centuries it was a royal residence and changed hands between the English and Scottish a number of times. It also saw much rebuilding during these times of turmoil.

Edinburgh castle, the royal residence, by Barbara Ballard On view are the royal apartments with pine panelling and gilded and painted plasterwork, the restored great hall (built by James IV), a late 16th century battery, and a chapel. The castle houses the crown jewels (Honours) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a famous 15th century gun. The National War Museum is located in the castle. There are far reaching views over the city from the castle.

The cathedral on the Royal Mile by Barbara Ballard 15th century St Giles cathedral, changed by alterations, on the Royal Mile, serves as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. Its delicate crown spire dates from 1495, while its massive central pillars are from 1120. The Thistle Chapel, in Gothic style, has a fan-vaulted ceiling, carvings, heraldic and religious details. John Knox was minister here in 1560. Parliament once met here.

Gladstone Land entrance by Barbara Ballard Gladstone Land painted chamber courtesy National Trust for Scotland There are a number of museums along the Royal Mile. Gladstone’s Land is a fascinating 17th century tenement home of a well-to-do merchant. It is fully decorated and furnished with painted ceilings and a reconstructed shop. The John Knox town house, built before 1490, contains exhibits about this churchman.

Lady Stairs Museum by Barbara Ballard The Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s house contains a display of the manuscripts, relics and memorabilia of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and R.L. Stevenson. The Museum of Childhood has a collection of toys, costumes, books, dolls and games. The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre Exhibition recounts the whisky making process. Huntly House is three 16th century mansions connected to contain a museum of local history.

Holyrood Palace grounds by Barbara Ballard Holyrood Abbey ruins by Barbara Ballard At the lower end of the Royal Mile is the palace of Holyrood, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, set in beautiful grounds. Open to view are the historic tower apartments of Mary Queen of Scots where her secretary, David Rizzio, was murdered. Also available to see is a grand staircase and the lavish state apartments with decorative plasterwork ceilings (10 years in completion), carved woodwork, tapestries and canvases. There are works of art from the royal collection. In the grounds are the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. Holyrood park is a huge (650 acres) wilderness-style park in the city. It’s topped by Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, from which there is a panorama of the entire Edinburgh area.

Georgian House courtesy National Trust for Scotland Georgian House kitchen courtesy National Trust for Scotland In the new town is Charlotte Square, built by Robert Adam in the 1790s. The National Trust for Scotland is headquartered here in the Georgian House, considered a masterpiece of urban architecture. It’s been refurbished as a typical 1790-1810 mansion to reflect the time when it was built. China, silver, paintings and furniture are on display. Videos available for viewing are an introduction to the era.

National Museum of Scotland courtesy Nigel Chadwick Geograph Britain and Ireland The National Galleries of Scotland is comprised of the Scottish National Gallery on Chambers St, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art on Belford Rd, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Princes St. The National Gallery contains a collection of European art from the 15th century to the 19th century while the National Portrait gallery. The exhibits at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street cover the history of Scotland, the natural world, scientific and industrial development, and the decorative arts.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh by Barbara Ballard Garden lovers will enjoy the 70 acres of the landscaped Royal Botanic garden, reached by bus from the city centre. The rhododendrons are a major attraction. There’s an exhibition hall and temperate and tropical glasshouses.

Craigmillar Castle courtesy Kim Traynor Geograph Britain and Ireland In Greater Edinburgh and the villages near the city, there are a number of castle homes and stately homes worth a visit. Craigmillar castle, southeast of central Edinburgh, is an early 15th century L plan tower house, expanded in 15th and 16th centuries with a range of private rooms. It has historical connections with Mary Queen of Scots. In 1566, following the murder of her court favourite, David Riccio, by a band of assassins, including her husband Darnley, Mary, Queen of Scots, moved to Craigmillar to escape the influence of the court at Holyrood. She was also here to convalesce after the birth of her son, later James VI. And it was here that Bothwell and four other nobles signed the 'Craigmillar Band', pledging themselves to murder Darnley. There is a courtyard and gardens.

Lauriston castle, north-west of Edinburgh’s centre, is a 1590 Scottish tower house, added to in 1824. The Edwardian interior contains a collection of 18th century Italian furniture, Derbyshire Blue John, carpets, clocks, porcelain, tapestries and decorative art. The thirty acres of parkland and gardens have views across the Firth of Forth.

Forth River Bridge by Barbara Ballard South Queensferry, a separate village from Edinburgh, is the crossing point leading north over the Firth of Forth. Both the highway and the rail bridge originate here. If you’re interested in their history, the South Queensferry museum gives the background details.

Hopetoun House by Barbara Ballard Hopetoun House near Queensferry sits by the Firth of Forth. It is Scotland’s largest house and one of the best examples of the work of architects William Bruce and William Adam. Begun in 1699 the house was extended in 1720 and 1750. There are fine carvings, wainscoting and ceiling paintings in the Bruce section completed in 1703. The Adam section, completed about 1767, has gilding and classical motifs of the early 18th century, rich plaster ceilings and splendid furniture. The yellow drawing room has walls and furniture of silk damask and gilded mirrors. There is a family museum with the history of the Hope family. The 7th Earl of Hopetoun was the first Governor General of Australia. A parkland offers woodland trails, a garden and picnic spots. The house has a rooftop viewing area across the park and the Firth of Forth and its bridges.

Dalmeny House courtesy Ronnie Leask Geograph Britain and Ireland Just east of South Queensferry is Dalmeny house, built in 1815 in the Tudor-Gothic style. It is full of art treasures: tapestries, 18th century French furniture, portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Raeburn and others, 16th and 17th century Scottish furniture and a collection of porcelain. The Napoleon room houses a collection of furniture, paintings and memorabilia related to Napoleon. The entrance hall has a notable hammer-beam ceiling.

At one time Leith was a busy port town for the city of Edinburgh. Then it fell into decay, but the port area has now been partly revitalized. It’s the resting spot for the Britannia, the former royal yacht. Reservations are required to visit the yacht and the visitor centre at the Ocean terminal.

The Lothians

Linlithgow Palace by Barbara Ballard Linlithgow Palace great hall and fireplace  by Barbara Ballard To the west of Edinburgh is the area known as West Lothian. Of note here is Linlithgow Palace in the town of the same name. Construction of the palace began in 1425 under the direction of James I and took 200 years to complete. Both Mary Queen of Scots and James V were born at the palace. The ruins of the great hall and central courtyard are especially worth seeing. Also in the town of Linlithgow is the church of St Michael, a 15th century Gothic building with later alterations. It is considered one of the largest and finest medieval churches. It retains its original south porch with oriel window. The west end tower with spire was built in 1964.

Blackness Castle by Barbara Ballard Blackness Castle, in the seaside village of the same name, was one of Scotland’s most important strongholds. Built in the 1440s, it was strengthened in the 16th century for use as an artillery fortress. It also served as a royal castle and, in the 1870s, as an ammunition depot.

House of the Binns courtesy National Trust for Scotland House of the Binns High Hall courtesy National Trust for Scotland The House of the Binns, near Blackness, has been the home of the Dalyell family since 1612, when it was built by a rich butter merchant, Thomas Dalyell. Contents include portraits, furniture and porcelain collections of the family. There are fine moulded ceilings.

East Lothian runs from Musselburgh, east of Edinburgh, along the Firth of Forth coast to Dunbar. The area is a mix of agricultural land, beaches and wooded countryside. Midlothian lies directly south of Edinburgh and is the land defined by the Moorfoot Hills and the Pentland Hills.

Inveresk Garden courtesy National Trust for Scotland Near Musselburgh in the historic village of Inveresk is the Lodge Garden. The terraced garden with its Edwardian conservatory was given a Garden of Merit award by the Royal Horticultural Society. The Malleny Garden consists of a three-acre walled garden with collection of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous borders, the National Bonsai Collection for Scotland, and 400-year-old clipped yew trees. A woodland walk is another attraction.

Neo-Classical Gosford house sits near Longniddry. The central block and wings were built by Robert Adam but were later demolished, then rebuilt in 1890 by William Young. The north wing is now roofless. The south wing is noted for its three storey marble hall with a double staircase, central dome and decorative plasterwork. The house contains a collection of paintings and works of art.

Direleton Castle by Barbara Ballard Direleton Castle gardens by Barbara Ballard Dirleton’s 17th and 18th century cottages are set off by 13th century Dirleton castle. The castle owned by the de Vaux family and others was added to in the 14th – 16th centuries. It was besieged by the Commonwealth army in1650 and partially destroyed There are restored Victorian and early 20th century gardens in the grounds.

Scottish Seabird Centre by Barbara Ballard The town of North Berwick was a Victorian resort and still provides sandy beaches and sea views. The Scottish Seabird Centre, located here, is a fascinating place for adults and children alike. Overlooking the sea and sandy beaches of North Berwick, it’s a world leader in remote wildlife viewing using state-of-the-art technology, to view seabirds and marine wildlife. You can zoom and pan to your heart’s content. Offshore, Bass Rock is a bird sanctuary to which boat trips can be arranged. Dunbar is another favourite holiday resort along the coast.

Tantallon Castle by Barbara Ballard East of North Berwick is Tantallon castle, home of the Douglas family. Its location on a promontory at the edge of the sea made it a formidable stronghold. Earthwork defenses and a massive 14th century curtain wall with towers added further obstacles to overcome. There are interpretive displays in the castle.

Preston Mill by Barbara Ballard Preston Mill, near East Linton, is a stone 17th century mill with a conical roofed kiln and red pantile roofs. A mill has been in this location since the 12th century. This mill ceased operating in 1959, but still gives demonstrations to visitors. There’s an exhibition on milling. The Phantassie Doocot is a short walk away. It was built to house 500 birds, who no doubt, liked their location near the mill.

Concorde nose at the Museum of Flight by Barbara Ballard The Museum of Flight, at the Fortune airfield, is an outstation of the National Museums of Scotland. The aircraft on display range from a 1930 Puss Moth monoplane to a 1945 Spitfire. Exhibits include trainer cockpits, engines, scale models and the Battle of Britain. There’s even a Concorde experience.

St Mary's Collegiate Church courtesy Kim Traynor Geograph Britain and Ireland The historic market town of Haddington dates back to the 12th century. Its many 17th to 19th century homes give it a grand air. The largest parish church in Scotland and a listed building, St Mary’s Collegiate, is set in a spacious churchyard. Built in the 14th-15th centuries, the building retains its original east end with 19th century alterations. There is a 17th century marble monument to Lauderdale.

Lennoxlove House by Barbara Ballard Just outside Haddington and over the river Tyne is Lennoxlove, home of the Duke of Hamilton. Dating from the 14th century, the original tower house with great hall was added to during the reign of Charles II. The house belonged to Frances Stuart, who posed for the portrait of Britannia used on coins of the realm. There is a collection of furniture, portraits, porcelain and historic mementos of Mary Queen of Scots.

Lammermuir Hills courtesy Jim Barton Geograph Britain and Ireland South of Haddington lie the largely unpopulated and scenic Lammermuir Hills. Few roads spoil the beauty of the area. The B6355 is worth a traverse, and time set aside for walks in the hills will be rewarded with quiet countryside experiences.

Crichton Castle faceted stonework  by Barbara Ballard Near the town of Gorebridge, south-east of Edinburgh, is Crichton castle. Set in an isolated field by the eastern bank of the Tyne river, the Italianate courtyard range is the castle’s outstanding feature. It was erected by Francis Stewart, 5th Earl of Bothwell in the 1590s. The faceted stonework façade has survived. A 14th century tower house with prison, kitchen, and hall is on the east while the south has a keep-gatehouse and a large hall and fireplace. North and south wings provide interesting features including a seven bay arcade and a stair with Renaissance motifs.

Arniston house, also near Gorebridge, is the family seat of the Dundas family. The elegant Palladian mansion was built in 1726 by architect William Adam and continued by his son John. Decorative plasterwork and period furniture are of note.

Roslyn Chapel by Barbara Ballard Roslyn Chapel by Barbara Ballard No one should visit Lothian without a trip to Roslyn chapel south of Edinburgh in the village of Roslin. The 15th century chapel was founded by Sir William St Clair, last Prince of Orkney and lord of Rosslyn Castle, in 1446. The chapel was damaged in 1592 and restored in 1861. This unique building has a magnificent barrel roof and intricate and elaborate carvings. The exterior has pinnacled flying buttresses, heraldic roof cornices, corbels, canopies, niches and decorative sculpture. The interior is a wealth of richly carved stone. The Apprentice Pillar is so called because of a legend that the master mason was so jealous on seeing the exquisite carving of an apprentice that he killed him. There is an exhibition in the grounds.

Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Information Centres

Dunbar Tourist Information Centre
143A High St, Dunbar, EH42 1ES
Tel. 0 1368 863 353
Open: April, May and Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; June and Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm; July: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm; Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre
3 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2QP
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April and Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm; May, June and Sep: Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm; July and Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun10am-8pm; Nov-March: Mon-Wed, 9am-5pm, Thu-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm

Edinburgh Airport TIC
Edinburgh International Airport
Edinburgh, EH12 9DN
Tel. 0870 040 0007
Open: April-Oct, daily 6.30am-10.30pm; Nov-March daily 7am-9pm

Falkirk Wheel
Lime Rd, Tamfourhill, Falkirk

Linlithgow Tourist Information Centre
Burgh Halls, The Cross
Linlithgow, EH49 7RE
Tel. 0 1506 844 600
Open: April-Oct, daily 10am-5pm

Newtongrange TIC
Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery
Newtongrange, EH49 8RE
Tel: 0 131 663 4262
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

North Berwick TIC
Quality St, North Berwick, EH39 4HJ
Tel. 0 1620 892 197
Open: April and May: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; June and Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm; July and Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm; Jan–March and Oct-Dec: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Edinburgh and Lothians Attractions

For full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Arniston House
7 (11.3km) miles southeast of Edinburgh, Midlothian
Off B6372 near Gorebridge
Tel. 0 1875 830 515
Web: Arniston House

Bennie Museum
9-11 Mansefield St, Bathgate, W Lothian
Tel. 0 1506 634 944
Web: Bennie Museum

Four miles (6km) west of Dunbar, Lothian, off B6370 near Stenton
Tel. 0 1620 860 355

Blackness Castle
Blackness, Lothian
Four miles (6km) north of Linlithgow, on a promontory in the Forth estuary, off the A904, on the B903
Tel. 0 1506 834 807
For photos and more information see our article
Blackness Castle

Brass Rubbing Centre
Trinity Aspe, Chalmers Close, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 556 4364

Cairnpapple Hill
Three miles (5km) north of Bathgate, Lothian
Near Torphichen (B792); narrow, winding road
Tel. 0 1506 634 622

Calton Hill Folly Group
On Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Lothian

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 226 3709
Web: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Cammo Tower
On minor road by the Edinburgh airport, at Turnhouse, below Corstorphine Hill

Castlelaw Hill Fort
On Castle Knowe
Off the A702, south of Edinburgh

Chesters Hill Fort
1 mile (1.6km) south of Drem, Lothian
Off the B1377

Church of St Michael
Linlithgow, Lothian
On the A803

City Art Centre
2 Market St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 3993

Craigmillar Castle
2.5 miles (4km) southeast of central Edinburgh
to east of Edinburgh-Dalkeith Rd (A68/A6094)
Tel. 0131 661 4445

Crichton Castle
2.5 miles (4km) southwest of Pathhead, Lothian
Off the B6367
Tel. 0 1875 320 017

Dalkeith Country Estate
Dalkeith, Lothian
Tel. 0 131 654 1666
Web: Dalkeith Country Estate

Dalmeny House
Two miles (3km) to the east of South Queensferry, Lothian
Signposted off the A90
Tel. 0131 331 1888
Web: Dalmeny

Dirleton Castle and Gardens
Dirleton, Lothian, on the A198
Tel. 0 1620 850 330
For photos and more information see our article Dirleton Castle

Doonhill Homestead
Two miles (3km) south of Dunbar
Off the A1

Dunbar Townhouse Museum
High St, Dunbar, E Lothian
Tel. 0 1368 863 734

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh city on Castlehill
Tel. 0131 225 9846
Web: Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Zoo
Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Tel. 0131 334 9171
Web: Edinburgh Zoo

Falkirk Wheel
Lime Rd, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS
Off the B816
Tel. 0 8700 500 208
Web: Falkirk Wheel

Georgian House
7 Charlotte Sq, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 226 3318 or 225 2160

Gladstone’s Land
477B Lawnmarket, at top end of Royal Mile, Edinburgh, near the castle
Tel. 0131 226 5856

Gosford House
Northeast of Longniddry, Lothian
On A198 Aberlady Rd
Tel. 0 1875 870 201 (estate office)

Greyfriar’s Kirk
Greyfriar's Place, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 1900
Web: Greyfriar’s Kirk

Hailes Castle
1.5 miles southwest of East Linton, Lothian
Off the A1

Holyrood Abbey
Edinburgh, in grounds of Holyrood Palace
At the foot of Cannongate (end of the Royal Mile)

Hopetoun House
Two miles (3km) west of South Queensferry, Lothian
Off the A904 on the Firth of Forth
Tel. 0131 331 2451
Web: Hopetoun House

House of the Binns
Near Linlithgow, off the A904
15 miles (24km) west of Edinburgh
Tel. 0 1506 834 255

Inveresk Lodge Garden
24 Inveresk Village, Musselburgh, Lothian
Tel. 0131 665 1855

John Knox House
On the Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 5569 579

John Muir’s Birthplace
126 High St, Dunbar, East Lothian
Tel. 0 1368 865 899

Lauriston Castle
Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh city
Tel. 0131 336 2060 (to book tour)

One mile (1.6km) south of Haddington, Lothian
Tel. 0 1620 823 720
For photos and more information see our articles Face of Britannia and Lennoxlove
Web: Lennoxlove

Linlithgow Canal Centre and Museum
Manse Road, Canal Basin, Linlithgow
W. Lothian
Tel 0 1506 671 215
Web: Linlithgow Canal Centre

Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow, Lothian
On the A803
Tel. 0 1506 842 896
For photos and more details see our article Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Story
Annet House, 143 High St, Linlithgow
Tel. 0 1506 670 677 or 843 859
Web: Linlithgow Story at Annet House Museum

Malleny Garden
Off the A70 at Balerno
3 miles (5km) south of Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 449 2283

Museum of Childhood
42 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 4142

Museum of Edinburgh
Huntly House, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 4143

Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield, on the B1347, off the A1
East of Haddington, Lothian
Tel. 0 1620 880 308
Web: Museum of Flight

Mylne’s Mill
Leith, Edinburgh on the A901

Myreton Motor Museum
Tel. 0 1875 870 288
Web: Myreton Motor Museum

National Galleries of Scotland
The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 556 8921
Web: National Galleries of Scotland

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 623 3700
Web: National Library of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 7534
Web: National Museum of Scotland

National Portrait Gallery
Queen St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 624 6200

National War Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 3848

Nelson’s Monument
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 3393

Newhailes Rd (A6095), Musselburgh
Tel. 0131 653 5599

Off the B800, at Kirkliston, Lothian
Tel. 0131 333 3231

North Berwick Museum
School Rd, North Berwick, Lothian
On the A198
Tel. 0 1620 895 457

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 556 5100

People’s Story
Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 4057

Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot
East Linton, Lothian, off A1
Tel. 0 1620 860 426

Prestongrange Museum
Morrison’s Haven, Prestongrange, E Lothian
Tel. 0131 653 2904 (in season); 0 1620 828 203 (out of season)
Web: Prestongrange Museum

Queensferry Museum
53 High St, South Queensferry
Tel. 0131 331 5545

Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin, Lothian
7 miles (11.3km) south of Edinburgh on the A701
Tel. 0131 440 2159
Web: Rosslyn Chapel

Royal Botanic Garden
Edinburgh, off the A902
One mile (1.6km) north of the city centre
Tel. 0131 552 7171
Web: Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Scottish Academy
The Mount, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 6671
Web: Royal Scottish Academy

Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 555 5566 (information and booking line)
Web: Royal Yacht Britannia

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 220 0441

Scott Monument
East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 3993

Scottish Mining Museum
Lady Victoria Colliery
Newtongrange, Lothian, on the A7
Tel. 0131 663 7519

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh; 15 minute walk from Princess St or by bus, in parkland
Tel. 0131 556 8921

Scottish Parliament Buildings
Tel. 0131 348 5200
Web: Scottish Parliament

Scottish Seabird Centre
North Berwick, off A198, East Lothian, east of Edinburgh
Also by train from Edinburgh to North Berwick
Tel. 0 1620 890 202
For photos and more information see our article Scottish Seabird Centre
Web: Scottish Seabird Centre

Seton Collegiate Church
1 mile (1.6km) south-east of Cockenzie, Lothian
Off the A198
Tel. 0 1875 813 334

St Andrews Church
North Berwick, Lothian
On the A198

St Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile
Tel. 0131 225 9442
Web: St Giles Cathedral

St Martin’s Kirk
Haddington, Lothian
On eastern edge of town, on A1

St Mary’s Parish Church
Haddington, Lothian, on the A1
Tel. 0 1620 829 354

St Michael’s Parish Church
Kirkgate, Linlithgow, W Lothian
Tel. 0 1506 84 2 188

St Triduana’s Chapel
In Restalrig Collegiate Church
Off Restalrig Road South, on east side of Edinburgh

Tantallon Castle
Three miles (5km) east of North Berwick, Lothian
On the A198
Tel. 0 1620 892 727

Water of Leith Visitor Centre
24 Lanark Rd, Edinburgh
Four miles west of city centre on A70, map on website
Tel. 0131 455 7367

Winton House
Tranent, off the A1
14 miles (22.5km) southeast of Edinburgh
Tel. 0 1620 824 986

Writers’ Museum
Lady Stair’s Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 4901

Photos by Barbara Ballard and
Edinburgh city courtesy of Visit Britain
Gladstone’s Land, Georgian House, House of the Binns, exterior and interior, Inveresk Lodge garden courtesy of National Trust for Scotland
Dalmeny House courtesy Ronnie Leask Geograph Britain and Ireland
Craigmillar Castle and St Mary Collegiate Church courtesy Kim Traynor Geograph Britain and Ireland
Lammermuir Hills courtesy Jim Barton Geograph Britain and Ireland
National Museum of Scotland courtesy Nigel Chadwick Geograph Britain and Ireland

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