Midlothian: a natural playground
If you're looking for a breath of fresh air, look no further than Midlothian. Just south of Edinburgh's city bypass you'll find the beautiful rolling Pentland hills - with over 100km of signposted paths and tracks, it's the perfect spot for hiking, walking and exploring. You can even get a ski session at Midlothian Snowsports Centre, which boasts the longest dry ski slope in the UK.
Recently re-opened after refurbishment, Dalkeith Country Park has 1000 acres of beautiful parkland to explore and a whole range of activities including a kids adventure zone, cycle trails and a new stableyard hub, boasting local quality produce and more.
Top attractions in Midlothian
Fans of the Da Vinci Code will already be familiar with Rosslyn Chapel, but you are bound to be enchanted by this beautiful historic location even if you haven't seen the blockbuster film. Founded in 1446, the fascinating carved stonework has attracted and intrigued visitors for centuries. Get the inside track on the story of Rosslyn Chapel with free talks throughout the day at the new visitor's centre.
Drill deeper into Midlothian's heritage at the National Mining Museum in Newtowngrange. This award-winning five star attraction is set in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery and tells the story of coal in Scotland. Discover what life was like for miners in Scotland, drive Scotland's largest winding engine and learn about the science and technology of mining in the interactive zone.
Butterfly and Insect World in Lasswade is the world's longest running tropical butterfly world. Get up close and personal with all sorts of creepy-crawlies including tarantulas, snakes and millipedes, and walk amongst free-flying exotic butterflies.
Midlothian has its fair share of historic buildings and landmarks. Newbattle Abbey College is Scotland's only adult education residential college and a wonderfully unique venue. Originally a medieval Cistercian monastery, Newbattle Abbey has been welcoming royalty and privileged guests for over 900 years. You can book a private tour and discover its fascinating history for yourself every Tuesday at 7.30pm.
Follow in the footsteps of influential nobleman at Crichton Castle, which was home to James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell and third husband of Mary Queen of Scots. The diamond-faceted facade is quite unlike anything else in Scotland, and the 14th century tower house is one of the oldest in the country. Once you have uncovered all the secrets within the castle walls, enjoy a moment of tranquility in its beautiful grounds and take in the view of the River Tyne.
Find out more information and plan your trip to this wonderful region on the Visit Midlothian website.