Top things to do in The Lothians

Top Choice Church in The Lothians

Rosslyn Chapel

Many years may have passed since Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and the subsequent film came out, but floods of visitors still descend on Scotland's most beautiful and enigmatic church – Rosslyn Chapel. Built i…
Top Choice Gallery in The Lothians

Jupiter Artland

The grounds of 17th-century Bonnington House, 10 miles west of Edinburgh, have been lovingly converted by owners and art patrons Robert and Nicky Wilson into a gorgeous, landscaped sculpture park. Meadows and woodla…
Museum in The Lothians

National Mining Museum Scotland

This museum inside the Lady Victoria Colliery – the former heart of Midlothian's mining industry, 9 miles south of Edinburgh – paints a vivid, moving picture of the lives of miners in a space that's eerily unchanged…
Historic Building in Queensferry

Hopetoun House

One of Scotland's finest stately homes, Hopetoun House has a superb location in lovely grounds beside the Firth of Forth. The family seat of the earls of Hopetoun, it has two parts: the older, built between 1699 and…
Palace in Linlithgow

Linlithgow Palace

This magnificent loch-side palace was begun by James I in 1424, and became a favourite royal residence – James V was born here in 1512, as was his daughter Mary (later Queen of Scots) in 1542, and Bonnie Prince Char…
Beach in North Berwick

Seacliff Beach

No, you haven't stepped into a landscape painting – just onto Seacliff Beach, a pristine sweep of sand with views of bird-thronged Bass Rock and majestic Tantallon Castle. The latter is visible at low tide from its …
Brewery in Queensferry

Ferry Brewery

Queensferry's first brewery, dating from 1851, this pint-sized operation is squeezed into the former cowshed of an old farm overlooking the Forth Bridge near Dalmeny station. The tiny taproom has several of its doze…
Gastropub in The Lothians

Bridge Inn

Looking over the bucolic Union Canal in Ratho, 7 miles west of Edinburgh, the sleek Bridge Inn serves good-looking plates of superior pub food – Mull-cheddar truffle macaroni, haddock with hand-cut chips, venison wi…
Museum in Linlithgow

Linlithgow Canal Centre

Lying 200m south of the town centre is the Union Canal and this pretty one-room museum documenting its 200-year history. The centre runs 2½-hour canal-boat trips (adult/child £8/5) west to the Avon Aqueduct, departi…
Distillery in The Lothians

Glenkinchie Distillery

Keeping Edinburgh and its surrounds in good spirits for nearly 200 years, this Victorian whisky distillery set amid farmland offers a range of tours with samplings of its aromatic, light single malt. A charming mode…