Never far from...

Never far from... breathtaking walks

Never far from...impressive hotels

Never far from... History and Mystery

Never far from...Mouth-watering meals

Never far from... nature

Never far from...Imposing castles

Never far from... impressive architecture

Never far from...Historic landmarks

Never far from...beautiful views

Never far from...serene sunsets

Never far from...a warm welcome

Never far from...peace and quiet

Never far from...doing something different

There's a LOT in MidLOThian

Here in Midlothian, you can enjoy the space and solitude that Scotland is famous for.

The high tops of the Pentland Hills give a glimpse of the Highlands in miniature. An area often popular with hill walkers or outdoor enthusiasts; you could choose to stay in a luxurious country house hotel or a traditional farm cottage on a working sheep farm.

Just a short trip from Edinburgh, historic castles, lochs, golf courses and stunning scenery await you.

Download out Midlothian Map HERE.

FREE business event for tourism businesses in Scottish Borders and Midlothian.


ScotRail in partnership with Scottish Borders and Midlothian Councils are hosting a FREE business event aimed at all tourism businesses in Scottish Borders and Midlothian.
TIME: 2pm-5pm

The new Borders Railway opens for business Sunday 6th September 2015. This event is aimed at any business with an interest in tourism including; Transport providers, food & drink businesses, accommodation providers, service providers, event organisers and social enterprises who wants to learn more on the railway and how you can benefit from it.

ScotRail will update on their scheduled Borders Railway programmes and opportunities around Marketing, Ticketing and Integrated travel. There will be a Q&A session and a chance to meet the panel and other businesses following the presentation.

There will also be a chance to meet with Visit Scotland representatives from both areas to talk through the Borders Railway marketing campaign and new business toolkit.


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Midlothian’s Food and Drink Awards Winners…

The winners of the 2015 Food and Drink Awards for Midlothian were announced last night at a ceremony held in the magnificent Oxenfoord Castle, Pathead.

This year there were over 12,000 votes cast and the winners were:

Best place for a coffee…..Little Italy (Penicuik)
Finalists: Poddingtons Coffee House (Straiton)
Café Panola (Pentland Plants, Loanhead)

Best place for a Pint….The Dean Tavern (Newtongrange)
Finalists: The Paper Mill (Lasswade)
The Black Bull (Dalkeith)

Best place for lunch…The Sun Inn (Dalkeith)
Finalists: The Paper Mill (Lasswade)
Café Panola (Pentland Plants, Loanhead)

Best place for a takeaway…Dino’s (Loanhead)
Finalists: Itihaas (Dalkieth)
Penny-cook (Penicuik)

Best outside caterer…Deli-licious (Loanhead)
Finalists: The Wheelhouse (Newtongrange)
Stotties (Loanhead)

Best producer…Stewart Brewing (Loanhead)
Finalists: Macsween (Loanhead)
Toatie Tablet (Danderhall)

Best place for dinner…Itihaas Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant (Dalkeith)
Finalists: Gigis (Bonnyrigg)
Little Italy (Penicuik)

Best customer service…Itihaas Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant (Dalkeith)
Finalists: Gigis (Bonnyrigg)
Little Italy (Penicuik)

Congratulations to all the winners.

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The Paper Mill gains Cycle Award

The Paper Mill restaurant in Lasswade has become the first restaurant in the Edinburgh & Lothians area to gain the Cyclists Welcome Award from Visit Scotland.
Karen Calvert and her team have worked hard to achieve this, including sourcing new cycle parking from a Midlothian blacksmith. This is a great encouragement for cycling and another first for a Midlothian business.
Congratulations to all involved.

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Craft Beer Kitchen

Craft Beer Kitchen is the very first of its kind, not only in Edinburgh and Scotland, but further still, in the U.K.  What is Craft Beer Kitchen? It is a facility whereby anyone and everyone can brew their very own beer. Our Master Brewer guides the customer through the brewing process from start to finish, or rather from choosing a recipe on their brewday to designing their bespoke labels and bottling their brand new creation. Whether a complete beer novice or a self-proclaimed beer geek, it is certain that the Craft Beer Kitchen will be a completely unique and unforgettable experience.

Having officially opened its doors to the public in February, the Craft Beer Kitchen continues to gather momentum and is proving to be one of the things to do in Scotland. Certainly for those looking for something out of the ordinary. The public seek an experience and even more so when they are able to take something material away with them; in this case, their very own hand-crafted beer.

Being situated in the main 50 Hecto-Litre Stewart Brewing premises, customers are very much in the heart of the working brewery; the stainless steel cathedral to the patron saint of beer, if you like. The ‘heart’ being the industrial disquietude and the invariable rock music! Outwith public use, the Craft Beer Kitchen is made use of by Stewart Brewing to trial new and innovative recipes and to fine tune any existing brews. Feedback from customers has only been outstanding thus far which has helped to ensure a 4* rating accreditation from Visit Scotland tourist board.

Emily Gray from Craft Beer Kitchen talks about the range of beers that customers have brewed so far, “from a Rhubarb Sour to a gorse flower infused brown ale, recipe wise, the Craft Beer Kitchen has certainly been put to the test. The results have been incredible and that is part of the appeal; our brewers look after the customer’s beer to ensure it ferments and conditions properly. Or perhaps more importantly; tastes amazing.”

Brews are available in batches of 40 and 80 litres. Emily Gray explains: “in drinking talk, that’s 6 or 12 cases of 12x500ml bottles”. Packages start at £160 and prices are inclusive of; finest brewing ingredients, top notch tuition, bespoke labels, and beer samples while you brew!

For more information about Craft Beer Kitchen and associated prices, bespoke label samples and booking details, please visit

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