The Lothian area of Scotland is dominated by Edinburgh and its surrounding Firth of Forth. Historic Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is steeped in tradition. The huge rocky outcrop on top of which is perched Edinburgh Castle dominates the city and is a major visitor attraction. The museum in the castle is an interesting display of the Scottish Royal Crown and the Stone of Destiny. The grounds are the location for the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Great Hall is magnificent. The Royal Mile leads from the castle down a historic street to Holyrood Palace, the once home of Mary Queen of Scots.
Each August Edinburgh comes alive to the world famous Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, a celebration of the arts and with shows in every conceivable venue.
New Years Eve is another time to experience the hospitality of the city at Hogmanay. With the Royal Museum of Scotland, The Museum of Childhood and Parliament House there is always something to see and do in Edinburgh.
Walk in Princes Street Gardens and the historic Grassmarket, and walk up to Arthur’s Sear with panoramic views of the city. Just outside Edinburgh the Pentland Hills are excellent walking country and even have a dry ski slope at Hillend. The scenic walking route from Caerketton to West Kip is popular with hikers. Dan Brown fans will enjoy a visit to the legendary Rosslyn Chapel which has the exquisite carvings feature in the novel The Da Vinci Code. At Queensferry the Forth Rail Bridge is iconic and a real feat of engineering. The extensive parkland of Hopetoun House is an interesting stately home to visit. Edinburgh and the Lothians have a lot to offer visitors and are a popular place to see in Scotland.