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  • Arniston House

    Arniston House is a magnificent William Adam, Palladian style mansion house set in acres of beautiful parkland just 11 miles from Edinburgh. It has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. We invite you to visit and marvel at the intricate stucco work and beautiful portraits by contemporary Scottish artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn and Alexander Nasmyth and to admire the fascinating period furniture. Birthplace to Henry Viscount Melville and two Lord Presidents of the Court of Session, a visit to Arniston will make a memorable and interesting day out. Find out about our opening times and prices, or contact us on 01875 830 515 to arrange a private group visit.

  • Cousland Smiddy

    Cousland Smiddy gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into our village’s heritage, with an early 18th century blacksmith’s workshop, Victorian cottage, other partially conserved associated buildings, organic allotments in the former gardens and recreational spaces to enjoy. We believe there has been a continuously working Smiddy on this site in the village since at least 1703. The location is home to Cousland Smiddy Trust, Cousland Local History Project, Cousland Community Heritage Hub and the Cousland Smiddy Plotters. 2017 opening dates now available here

  • Crichton Castle

    Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian. It was a noble residence for some 200 years, from the late 14th century through to the close of the 16th century. Built as the lordly residence of the Crichtons and later home to the Earls of Bothwell. Its connections with both these influential families associate the place with some of the most colourful chapters in Scottish history. Nothing quite like this was built anywhere else in Scotland.

  • Dalkeith Country Park

    Re-launched in July 2016, Dalkeith Country Park really does have something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family trip out or a day spent lunching and shopping. Fort Douglas play park is magical for little ones with turreted treehouses, suspension bridges, slides, climbing walls and secret tunnels of this brand new playground. It has two amazing play zones: one that’s perfect for children up to the age of five and another for six to twelve year olds. Sorry grown-ups, the equipment is for kids only, but we do have coffee up there in Restoration Yard and our gorgeous new kiosk (with bathrooms too). You’ll also find archery and zorbing in Fort Douglas at busier times. Restoration Yard is a place for eating, shopping and relaxation. Come explore our gorgeous new retail, dining and wellness space located in the newly renovated stable yards at Dalkeith Country Park.

  • Dalkeith Town Centre Heritage Trail

    As part of the Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) (see a heritage trail for the town centre has been developed. The trail has been produced by the Dalkeith Heritage Trail Group with representatives from, Dalkeith Community Council, Dalkeith History Society, Dalkeith Youth Forum, Dalkeith Business Renewal, Midlothian Council, Melville Housing Association and local businesses in the town.  The group has produced a leaflet which highlights the trail, taking in important historic buildings such as the Tolbooth, the former Cross Keys hotel, the grave yard watch tower, DalkeithPalace, the Corn Exchange and others. The trail has been added to by Susan Grant, Midlothian’s Artist in Residence who has developed the “iwozheredalkeith” initiative.  This has involved collecting stories and memories from local people and recording them and taking some of them for a series of plaques in the town for a public art trail.  So you can follow the heritage trail and also take in the red plaques “iwozheredalkeith” trail.  This gives a fascinating glimpse into the town’s colourful history and unique heritage. (see

  • National Mining Museum Scotland

    National Mining Museum Scotland is a 5 Star attraction housed in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, the finest surviving colliery in Europe and a superb day out for the whole family. The Old Power House at the National Mining Museum Scotland is a unique venue for your event. With its high Victorian arched windows exposed original brickwork and complete accessibility, it’s the perfect place to present a memorable event. We pride ourselves in helping to realise our client’s vision through bespoke planning, whether it’s a wedding, special birthday party, a retirement celebration, a product launch, meeting, a craft fair, a theatre production or a concert.

  • Newbattle Abbey

    Enjoy a guided tour of Newbattle Abbey, a stunning ‘A’ listed building surrounded by 125 acres of parkland. Also available for conferences, meetings and weddings.

  • Penicuik House Preservation trust

    Standing at the heart of one of Scotland’s most important 18th-century designed landscapes Penicuik House was designed and built in the 1760s by Sir James Clerk, 3rd Baronet of Penicuik, with John Baxter the Elder, a renowned builder of that period, responsible for many of Scotland’s most distinguished 18th-century country houses. Later extended with two large wings by the eminent Victorian architect David Bryce in 1857, the house quickly became established as one of the finest second-generation neo-Palladian houses in the country until a fire in 1899 devastated the roof and interiors and left the once-magnificent building in ruins.

  • Restoration Yard

    Store, Cafe & Wellbeing Lab Restoration Yard is a gorgeous new store, café, coffee bar and wellbeing lab in the former stableyard at Dalkeith Country Park which has been lovingly restored to create this truly unique visitor destination. Restoration Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Our chefs use only the best local, seasonal produce to create their delicious menus with wine to match. With floor to ceiling glass walls and beautiful views across the River Esk, it’s a lovely space to sit and relax whilst enjoying tasty food. It is also available for events such as weddings, corporate and private events. The Coffee Bar, situated in Restoration Yard’s Food Hall is more informal, self-service, with yummy cakes, scones, pastries, soup, sandwiches and the best coffee around. Restoration Yard is the park’s new store and retail experience unlike any other. You’ll find a treasure trove of homeware, fashion, food, wine, health & beauty, jewellery, kids, furniture, lighting and more. And upstairs is our Wellbeing Lab with a weekly programme of classes including yoga, pilates, mindfulness to name a few. We hope to welcome you soon!

  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Rosslyn Chapel is a 15th Century church still in the ownership of the Sinclair family who built it. Described as ‘a bible in stone’ and featured in the popular ‘Da Vinci Code’ book and film, this is a wonderfully ornate building with a fascinating history.  Guided talks run throughout the day. Facilities available in the car park for locking bicycles. Cycling routes nearby.


    Soul of Scotland Tours

    Soul of Scotland Tours is a family business that is passionate about people enjoying Scottish history, culture, mystery and adventure. We run two walking tours in Edinburgh, but also two themed day trips in Midlothian called The Mystery Tour and The Medieval Tour. A tour guide, dressed as a medieval monk, will accompany you as we explore some of the gems of Scotland: Gilmerton Cove, Craigmillar Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle, Dalhousie Castle, Borthwick Castle, Crichton Castle and Crichton Collegiate Church. Why travel all day long looking at Scotland through a coach window, when you can live it, feel it and breathe it on Edinburgh’s doorstep?

  • Stewart Brewing

    Stewart Brewing, founded in 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart, is Edinburgh’s local, independent brewery. Our business is based on two very basic principles: to produce beers of the highest quality possible. to provide an exceptional service to its customers. Stewart Brewing quickly established itself as one of Scotland’s most successful and reputable breweries. Over the years we have continued to innovate and develop, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh’s rich brewing history. A payroll which consisted of just Jo and Steve Stewart, now supports over 25 employees who work across a range of departments, from retail to production.

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Other attractions in Midlothian (not currently members of the Midlothian Tourism Forum)

  • Dalkeith Corn Exchange
  • Dalkeith Town Centre
  • Midlothian Council Libraries
  • Vogrie Country Park