Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, Lasswade
cycling in Vogrie Country Park
walking in the Pentland Hills
interior at Rosslyn Chapel
Walkers should head to the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wild and scenic area right on the doorstep of Scotland’s capital city in Midlothian. Cross moorland to reach Crichton Castle where you can see one of the oldest tower houses in the country dating back to the 14th century. The castle sits in a wonderfully isolated spot overlooking the River Tyne.
Another popular route follows the River South Esk where you can witness deer, dippers, woodpeckers and even otters. Or why not challenge yourself to climb the Pentland Hills where colours change throughout the seasons?
Midlothian’s must-see attraction, Rosslyn Chapel, lies within the peaceful village of Roslin, close to Roslin Glen. Catapulted to fame by Dan Brown’s novel and film - The Da Vinci Code - marvel at flying buttresses, gargoyles and carvings before strolling through the atmospheric gorge.
Visit Arniston House, a wonderful Palladian style mansion, which has been home to the Dundas family for more than 400 years. See the work of Scottish artists including Sir Henry Raeburn, famed for his picture of Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, before admiring the magical interiors from the Drawing Room to the Dining Room.
The whole family will enjoy a day out at the National Mining Museum Scotland where Multi Media Tours bring the attraction to life. You can also experience a tropical rainstorm at the enchanting Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World as well as getting closer to tarantulas, snakes and millipedes.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.