Scottish Tourist Board 5-Star Rated

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MID DISTANCE (20 to 50 miles)

  1. Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh’s Central tourist attraction and the site of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, during the August Edinburgh Festival
  2. Holyrood Palace - The Queen’s residence in the capital city, which sits at the opposite end of The Royal Mile to the Castle
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens - An oasis of tranquility in the fringes of the New Town of Edinburgh, not just for the plant enthusiast.
  4. National Museums of Scotland - Sometimes referred to as the Chambers Street Museum, the National Museum of Scotland is a fascinating visit for all ages
  5. No 28 Charlotte Square - The National Trust for Scotland have restored an Edinburgh New Town house to its former glory.  A chance to see how these beautiful properties were lived in at the time they were built.
  6. Museum of Childhood - A gem filled with toys, games and stories of childhood past and present.
  7. Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Comes under the heading of the National Galleries of Scotland with the National Art Galleries Complex on The Mound and the Galleries of Modern Art just along the River Dean 
  8. National Galleries of Scotland - situated at the bottom of The Mound on Princes' Street in Edinburgh is the National Galleries Complex
  9. Gallery of Modern Art - is a little further out from the centre of Edinburgh, but a pleasant walk or quick and easy bus ride.
  10. The Camera Obscura - a fascinating and amusing way to learn about Edinburgh and it's history.  Free roof telescopes and lots of fun hands on experiences for the whole family.
  11. Our Dynamic Earth - a journey through the planet's past present and future with interactive exhibits ands amazing technology.
  12. The Royal Yacht Britannia - formerly the Queen's floating residence, the Royal Yacht Britannia is now open for you to enjoy in Edinburgh's Leith Docks
  13. Edinburgh Zoo
  14. Midlothian Snow Sports Centre
  15. Bicycle Hire Edinburgh
  16. Ghost Tours in Edinburgh’s Old Town
  17. Edinburgh Bus Tours
  18. Trike Tours of Edinburgh and beyond
  1. Linlithgow Palace - The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived at the Palace. Numerous renovations to the palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.
  2. Linlithgow Union Canal Centre - The Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal is 31½ miles [50 km] long from Edinburgh to Falkirk and is linked to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk by the new Falkirk Wheel to continue the journey to Glasgow.
  3. Beecraigs Country Park - Nestled high in the Bathgate Hills near the historic town of Linlithgow, Beecraigs caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares (913 acres).
  4. House of The Binns - The House of the Binns stands as a living monument to one of Scotland’s oldest families, the Dalyells, who have lived here since 1612. The family home of the Dalyell family for nearly 400 years. The house was gifted to the NTS in 1944, along with the Parkland, contents and an endowment, under the Country House Scheme by Eleanor Dalyell, who retained the right of the family to live in the house.
  5. Bo’ness Scottish Railway Preservation Society - The Scottish Railway Preservation Society operates the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, which has been developed since 1979 on a green-field site by the south shore of the Firth of Forth. Several historic buildings have been obtained and re-erected to provide a traditional railway setting. Bo'ness station opened in 1981. The line was extended to Kinneil in 1987 and to Birkhill in 1989, where the fireclay mine is open to the public. From 2010 the passenger service continues to Manuel, where it is intended that a new station will be constructed.
  1. Queensferry Museum - Situated in the historic former royal burgh of Queensferry, the museum commands magnificent views of the two great bridges spanning the Forth. Its collections trace the history of the people of Queensferry and Dalmeny, the historic ferry passage to Fife.
  2. Maid of the Forth Cruises – take a sightseeing boat trip on the Firth of Forth under the world famous Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland’s most famous landmark.
  3. Hopetoun House - discover a place of beauty, tranquility and architectural magnificence dating from the 17th century. It has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600s and the present Lord Hopetoun and his family still live in Hopetoun House.
  • Falkirk (38 miles)
  1. Falkirk Wheel - The Falkirk Wheel was created as part of the Millennium Link project to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these has been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.
  • Roslin (34 miles)
  1. Rosslyn Chapel - made famous by Hollywood and the Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is atmospheric and fully of history with a time line spanning nearly 500 years

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