Lothian - Featured Destinations
Lothian (Scotland) Map and Guide
Welcome to this map and guide to the Lothian region of Scotland
. This map shows a growing collection of 360 panoramas taken around Lothian and Scotland by various panoramic photographers. Simply select a pin on the map to begin exploring. View this map as either a street map, terrain map or as a satellite image of Lothian. Select the 'Earth' option to view it using the Google Earth plugin.
Traditionally the Lothian region of Scotland (also referred to as 'The Lothians') lies between the Firth of Forth and the Lammermuir Hills. The region is sub-divided into Edinburgh City, West Lothian, Midlothian
and East Lothian. As well as Edinburgh
, the capital city of Sctoland, the principle towns in the region include Livingston, Linlithgow, Bathgate and Dunbar.
Occupied by Edinburgh itself, this is naturally the most visited area of Lothian. Highlights for visitors include Edinburgh Castle
and numerous world class galleries and museums. Edinburgh hosts the annual Edinburgh Festival, almost more well known for the Edinburgh Fringe comedy circuit than the main festival itself. It is said that the population of the city can almost double during the festival. Thousands also come for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August and Edinburgh's Hogmanay in December. For more information about the sights and attractions, see our Edinburgh
West Lothain Guide
West Lothian lies pat way between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The main town in the region is Livingston. West Lothian is an area steeped in history with a wide range of attractive country parks, quality shopping, entertainment, a variety of outdoor sporting activities, and good restaurants. Among the country parks are Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, Beecraigs Country Park, and Polkemmet Country Park.
In addition visitors come to ride the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway steam train, explore the 14th century Blackness Castle, visit Hopetoun House - one of the finest stately homes in Scotland, visit Linlithgow Palace which was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Or go further back in time to explore the prehistoric cairn and henge at Cairnpapple Hill.
East Lothain Guide
East Lothian has 40 miles of glorious coastline and the largest town in the region is Musselburgh. For those interested in the outdoors, East Lothian boasts the John Muir Way which runs along the coast from Musselburgh to Dunbar. Also for walkers are the Lammermuir Hills and then numerous walks around towns in villages set in picturesque valleys.
Among the various places of interest in East Lothian are Hailes Castle, Dirleton Castle, John Muir's Birthplace, the 15th century Seton Collegiate Church and 16th century St Mary's Parish Church, which is the longest parish church in Scotland. The Prestongrange Museum explores and explains the Industrial Revolution from a Scottish perspective and tours of the Glenkinchie Distillery are always popular.
Close to Edinburgh, the Midlothian
contains numerous historic places of interest, probably none better known than Rosslyn Chapel, which occupies Roslin Glen Country Park along with Roslin Castle
, Wallace's Cave and Hawthornden Castle. Other castles in the area include Borthwick Castle, Crichton Castle and Dalhousie Castle. In addition there are Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith Palace and walks in Pentland Hills to keep visitors occupied.