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Lothian

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We are not lying when we say that the region bursts with historical attractions. From the striking clifftop fortification of Tantallon Castle in North Berwick and the imposing Blackness Castle near Linlithgow to the magnificent Palladian style mansion of Arniston House in Gorebridge and Gladstone's Land at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile - be prepared to be swamped for choices! Edinburgh itself is steeped in history. From its world-famous castle, perched atop a volcanic rock, to its palace, HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland.

Weather Averages

Be prepared for rain or shine

MARCH - MAY High 11.47°c Low 4.08°c Precipitation 0.05mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 17.83°c Low 10.68°c Precipitation 0.06mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 13.4°c Low 6.86°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.65°c Low 1.03°c Precipitation 0.05mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Lothian

Adrenaline seekers and casual ramblers will be at home in The Lothians with a great range of outdoor activities. Scale the imposing and iconic Arthur's Seat, explore the region by bike with the 15-mile circular North Esk Cycle Loop in Midlothian. Or practice your swing in East Lothian, Scotland's 'Golf Coast', and if you're a water baby you can try out your skills with an amazing range of watersports. You don't need to travel far from Edinburgh city centre to escape to the beautiful countryside of the Lothians.

Edinburgh

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A bustling and vibrant city, steeped in history and host to a variety of colourful festivals throughout the year, there is no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh. Read on to discover what this fantastic city has to offer, come rain or shine. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.

North Berwick

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North Berwick is a lovely seaside town on the eastern side of the county roughly 20 miles northeast of Edinburgh that has two glorious sandy bays, golf courses to the east and west, and a boatload of popular attractions. It’s a quaint town with lots of artisan craft shops and really good restaurants, but most people visit it to enjoy the seaside atmosphere. If you stand anywhere on the coastline of North Berwick and look out to sea you’ll notice the gleaming white pinnacle of the Bass Rock jutting out of the waves with clouds of swirling seabirds filling the sky overhead.

Dunbar

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Dunbar is located around 30 miles east of Edinburgh and 30 miles north of the English border, with good transport links from the capital city so it can be reached by train in under half an hour. There’s a lot of history in the town and one of the most influential people in the history of conservation was born there – John Muir – who later went on to establish the great American National Parks of Yosemite Valley and the Sequoia National Park. Dunbar is renowned for it’s record levels of sunshine and Sunny Dunny, as it’s known, enjoys one of the driest climates in Scotland with a mere 600mm of rainfall annually.

LOCAL CUISINE

Traditional foods include Cock-a-leekie soup made from leeks and chicken stock and neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes with a little nutmeg and mashed swede with ginger); not to mention Scottish ales and whisky and of course, most famous of all, haggis!

GETTING HERE

The region enjoys an extensive network of road, rail and flight links which make travel to The Lothians quick and convenient from every corner of the world. The city also enjoys great access to the Scottish motorway network, and regular train and coach services. Is it easy to move around? Most definitely!