Award-winning destinations on our doorstep.

Midlothian offers the very best of urban and rural living. To the south of Edinburgh, Midlothian is a rural area set in the backdrop of the majestic Pentland Hills with expanses of woodland and greenery.

Thanks to the Borders Railway, it is easier to get to and around than ever before. The railway connects Edinburgh to Tweedbank with stops in Midlothian at Shawfair, Eskbank (Dalkeith), Newtongrange and Gorebridge.

The scale of past industrial activity is best viewed at the National Mining Museum Scotland, where the 1,625 foot shaft and winding tower powered by Scotland’s largest steam engine is housed. A unique visitor centre right on the Borders Railway line, the museum is an insight into Midlothian’s rich heritage and history.

Going back overhead, Destination Hillend (Midlothian Snowsports Centre) is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard on the dry ski slope. If these don’t take your fancy, have a go on the tubing chutes and experience the rush all year round. 

Perhaps most famous of our sights is the late-gothic Rosslyn Chapel which featured in The Da Vinci Code. An impressive landmark with centuries old history and mystery, it is not be missed. After a tour, enjoy tea and cake in the modern visitor centre and learn more of the chapel and its history. Be sure not to miss the beautiful Roslin Glen on your way back.

It is all about location in Midlothian. In addition to Rosslyn Chapel, we are also the most famous scene in the television series Outlander. The historic and beautiful Glencorse Auld Kirk, nestled in the grounds of Glencorse House, with The Pentlands as a backdrop, is where Claire and Jamie Fraser got married. A stunning location with its own history too, Glencorse House is also an incredibly popular wedding venue. 

For a different but equally wild adventure, visit Butterfly and Insect World in Lasswade – a rainforest of spectacular butterflies. For the more ambitious, there is the opportunity to handle tarantulas and snakes!

Reacquaint yourself with nature by visiting Midlothian’s natural spaces. Vogrie Country Park near Gorebridge offers an abundance of sights and senses; from the Victorian mansion house built in 1876, to an adventure playground for the little ones and an onsite café – there is something for everyone.  The oasis that is Dalkeith Country Park is a great day out for all the family. This glorious park and woodland makes for fine walks and exploration. On site, you will find the plush Restoration Yard restaurant, café and contemporary fashion and lifestyle retail outlet as well as children’s adventure playground, Fort Douglas.

You’ll find a full list of all the different things to do in Midlothian on the Visit Scotland website.

Image: Rosslyn Chapel