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Things to do
You won’t be stuck for things to do in Midlothian, with plenty of family-friendly activities, history, and heritage to explore and breathtaking Scottish countryside to enjoy.
This neck of the Scottish woods has many areas of natural beauty. With a variety of walking routes in The Pentlands, each with breathtaking views and wildlife-spotting opportunities, Scotland’s majesty is plain to see here. With over 100km of signposted paths as well as cycle and pony trails, there are lots of ways to explore this beautiful outdoor sanctuary and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the nearby cities and towns.
Rosslyn Chapel is perhaps one of the most famous religious buildings in the area, thanks to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and the film that followed. Founded in 1446, the chapel, famous for its intricately carved stonework and intriguing symbolism has been beautifully conserved and continues to be a working church, with services held weekly.
At the site of Lady Victoria Colliery, you can now explore the history of the coal trade in Scotland at the National Mining Museum. From its rich history to what life was like for mining communities, there’s lots to learn about coal and the mining industry in Midlothian. A great day out for all ages, take a guided tour and experience what it was like to work in a pit.
If you’re looking for one place with a whole day’s worth of fun to have, Dalkeith Country Park is the place to go. Discover hikes for walkers of all abilities, beautiful Scottish countryside, exciting cycling routes, and a fantastic adventure playground.
At the foot of the Pentland Hills, just 20 mins from the centre of Edinburgh includes one of the filming locations featured in the popular Outlander series, Glencorse House and Old Kirk is a country estate set in acres of secluded parkland.
From traditional Scottish fare to unique gifts and antiques, retail parks to markets, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind stores to explore in Midlothian.
For more high-street favourites, Straiton Retail Park has something for everyone - whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect outfit, updating your workout wardrobe or looking for inspiration for your home.
Have all your retail needs met at Fort Kinnaird. With over 70 high street and top branded fashion stores, an extensive range of homeware stores and an exciting line-up of restaurants and cafes.
The Edinburgh Antiques Centre houses a variety of unique works of art, taxidermy, silver and jewellery, antique furniture, and vintage pieces from many of Edinburgh’s specialists. If you’re looking for something unique for your home or hoping to buy a one-of-a-kind gift, this is the place for you.