Newbattle Abbey

Nine centuries of inspiration and Scotland’s glittering jewel in the crown. Originally a medieval Cistercian monastery founded in 1140 AD, Newbattle Abbey has a 900-year history of welcoming guests royalty. Scotland’s future was shaped at the Abbey when the Declaration of Abroath was drafted here. Every room holds a story and the font in the Chapel was used to baptise Mary Queen of Scots.

125 acres of beautiful parkland with Italian Gardens, woodland, wide open grassland and river.

Dalkeith Country Park

As you stroll beneath the oaks in the rambling Country Park, you may find it difficult to believe you are only five miles from the centre of Scotland’s capital city.

There’s a reason that Dalkeith Country Park is one of the region’s most popular country parks – actually, there are dozens. Here you’ll find walking routes along woodland paths, space to cycle in peace, and plenty to keep energetic kids amused.

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. It was seldom the stage for significant events. However, its connections with two influential families – the Crichtons and the Hepburn Earls of Bothwell – associate the place with some of the most colourful chapters in Scottish history.