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    MidlothianOn Edinburghs Doorstep

    History &


    The GreatOutdoors

    Things to

    See & Do We grade businesses that try to work in asustainable, environmentally friendly way bronze,silver or gold.

    Borthwick Castle

    Vogrie Country Park

    Photography VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint. Additional photography courtesy of

    Midlothian Council.

    Cover images show Rosslyn Chapel, Crichton Castle, Gladhouse Reservoir and

    Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

    Please note that every effort has been made by VisitScotland Edinburgh & Lothians to

    ensure accuracy in this publication. However, as changes can occur after going to print,

    it is advisable to confirm information with the establishments concerned or the local

    Tourist Information Centre.

    Published by VisitScotland Edinburgh & Lothians 2008.

    This brochure is printed on recycled content paper. VisitScotland is

    committed to ensuring that our environment, upon which our tourism is

    so dependent, is safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

    VisitScotland operates a seasonal Tourist Information Centre in

    Midlothian at Newtongrange. Come in and see us for expert advice on

    things to see and do and more on our accommodation booking service,

    discounted passes, coach and walking tours and a wide selection of

    Scottish gifts and souvenirs. We look forward to seeing you!

    Newtongrange Tourist Information Centre

    Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange EH26 8HB

    Open: Easter October

    Alternatively, you can call the National Booking and Informationline on 0845 22 55 121 (UK only) or +44 1506 832 121 (outside

    UK) or visit / / .

    Why not keep in touch for the latest news and offers from Edinburgh &

    Lothians by subscribing to our updates on

    Mary, Queen of Scots was born on 8 December 1542 and from the

    number of places where she is claimed to have stayed, it seems she

    rarely slept at home. This practice of travelling around was common

    enough amongst monarchs of this period and earlier. Some of the

    particularly interesting locations connected with her in Edinburgh &

    Lothians are either open to the public or readily viewed from the

    exterior. Find out more on our Mary, Queen of Scots trail

    Where To Find Out More

    Prentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel

    Easy to reach so close, in fact, that you can see the Pentland Hills from

    many parts of Edinburgh but though you are near the city, Midlothian

    can feel very different. Listen to the birdsong ringing out from the wooded

    glen by the famous Rosslyn Chapel, or feel the wind in your hair in the

    wide-open heathery spaces of the Pentland Hills, and its hard to believe

    Scotlands bustling capital is only minutes away.

    Thanks to a certain Hollywood blockbuster movie, Rosslyn Chapel is now

    Midlothians most famous historic site, but there are lots more places of

    interest. For example, discover the castle where Mary Queen of Scots

    was once a wedding guest, or take a magical helmet tour at a restored

    colliery, now a museum. Stay in a 15th century tower house or a hotel

    with its own dungeon! Midlothian is full of surprises, with plenty to

    entertain you from country parks to exotic butterfly displays.

    WelcomeTo Midlothian


    FREE ENTRY with your Edinburgh Pass,

    available at our Tourist Information Centres

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    More than a century before Rosslyn Chapel was built, the

    real Braveheart, William Wallace, fought a battle around the

    nearby wooded steep sided glen nearby theres even

    a Wallaces Cave. And Rosslyn Chapel has been on

    visitors lists of must sees long before its film debut even

    the romantic poets Robert Burns and Will iam Wordsworth

    made the trip.

    Then theres another romantic spot: Crichton Castle,

    associated with Mary Queen of Scots third husband, the

    Earl of Bothwell. Add in stately homes like Arniston House,

    as well as impressive castle-hotels, such as Dalhousie

    Castle and the atmospheric Borthwick Castle, and youll find

    plenty of historic strands to follow.

    Midlothians industrial heritage is portrayed in the

    fascinating Scottish Mining Museum a great excursion for

    families and in fact an anchor point on the European Route

    of Industrial Heritage.

    History & HeritageCrichton Collegiate ChurchDating from 1449 and set to the east of Crichton Castle, this is one of

    the few remaining pre-reformation churches in the area still in use. The

    external sculptured cornices resemble those at Rosslyn Chapel, only

    5.5 miles away.

    Nr Pathhead

    Rosslyn Chapel Visitor AttractionUndoubtedly Scotlands most outstanding Gothic church, mysterious

    and magical Rosslyn Chapel was built in 1446 and is famed world wide

    for the beauty of its carvings and its links to the Knights Templar and


    Open All Year (Future work may affect opening times. Please check on

    the website)


    Tel 0131 440 2159

    St Nicholas Buccleuch ChurchThis Christian Sanctuary was completed in 1420, while worship on thesite dates back to the 11th century. Enter the ruined Apse or explore

    the ancient graveyard. Enjoy refreshments in the coffee shop and

    browse the gift shop.

    Open April October

    119 High Street, Dalkeith

    Soutra AisleHere lies the remains of a major medieval hospital with a spectacular

    viewpoint where history, archaeology and archaeomedicine are

    explained. Run by Augustinian monks, the house once provided care

    for the poor and sick.

    Open All Year

    Nr Pathhead

    For specialist tours, telephone 01875 833 248

    Temple Old KirkA ruined historic church believed to have been founded by

    King David I in the 12th century. Late Gothic tracery can still be seen,

    with animals carved at the ends of the mouldings above the windows.

    Open All Year

    Nr Gorebridge

    Arniston HouseThis 18th century William Adam mansion has been home to the

    Dundas family for over four hundred years. Why not pay a visit to see

    its wonderful architecture and period contents, including family

    portraits and fine furniture.

    Open May September (varied opening times)

    Nr Gorebridge

    Tel 01875 830

    Crichton Castle CastleSet in wild moorland at the end of a track, this large and sophisticated

    castle was built in a commanding position between the 14th and 16th

    centuries. The courtyard includes a spectacular faade of faceted

    stonework in an Italian style.

    Open April October

    Nr Pathhead

    Tel 01875 320 017

    Crichton Collegiate Church

    Crichton Castle

    Temple Old Kirk

    Gothic carving at Rosslyn Chapel

    Rosslyn Castle

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    The Great Outdoors

    Dalkeith Estate Visitor AttractionAn historic woodland estate once home to the Duke of Buccleuch,

    this country park is the perfect day out for all the family with an

    exciting adventure playground, shop, walks, wildlife, visitor centre and

    ranger service.Open April - September


    Tel 0131 654 1666

    Fala MoorAn open access area of high ground crossed by a good path and

    giving excellent views north and south. Particularly popular with bird

    watchers, for the ducks, geese and waders attracted to the Fala Loch.

    Open All Year

    Nr Pathhead

    Pentland Hills Regional ParkVisitor Attraction

    This regional park offers signed tracks and paths between 1.5km and

    20km in length, as well as a number of cycle paths. The park can be

    accessed from Bonaly, Hillend, Flotterstone Visitor Centre, Boghall Farm

    and Harlaw Visitor Centre.

    Open All Year

    Nr Penicuik

    Tel 0131 445 3383

    Roslin Glen Country ParkThis undisturbed wooded Glen follows the River North Esk with superb

    woodland walks and a rich habitat for wildlife. Look out for the ruined

    gunpowder mills and 15th century Rosslyn Castle, as well as the

    nearby Rosslyn Chapel.

    Open All Year


    Tel 01875 821 990

    Vogrie Country ParkVisitor Attraction105 hectares of attractive woods and parkland with an adventure play

    area, caf, barbeque sites, woodland walks, nature trails, ponds and

    streams. Vogrie provides a habitat for over 80 species of birds and 22

    kinds of mammals.

    Open All Year


    Tel 01875 821 990

    Its a trick that Midlothian keeps playing: youll find it hard to

    believe that such lovely countryside is so close to the city.

    Discover this for yourself on the secluded trails deep in the

    woods by Roslin Glen, or in the quiet valley guarded by

    Crichton Castle.

    And as well as a choice of country parks and walkways

    (some using the traff ic-free trackbeds of former railways),

    Midlothian gives easy access to the Pentland Hills.

    Generations have enjoyed the seclusion these wild spaces

    offer they were a favourite of Robert Louis Stevenson.

    Today their soaring grassy slopes are popular with walkers

    and mountain-bike