OVERVIEW

With so much to see and do, where to start? Perhaps with what’s on your very doorstep, on the farm. Then, radiating outwards, we’ll highlight some lesser known gems in our local area, West Lothian, before moving on to the cities. Although there’s no denying that Edinburgh and Glasgow are the honeypot destinations, West Lothian emphatically deserves “B” list exposure! It forms part of the beautiful countryside, the Lothians, which loop around the city of Edinburgh.

And what a city Edinburgh is! Castle, palace and soaring crags, culture, music and cosmopolitan cuisine, Edinburgh has to be one of the most exciting places in all Europe. But Glaswegians may disagree. For them the style, panache and their legendary friendliness combined with the culture, museums, galleries and superb shopping all account for the astonishing renaissance and re-invention of Glasgow.

But holidaying in this area of Scotland offers more, far more than you will have dreamt of, as you will see from the pages that follow. Hills that make the heart (and sometimes the body!) ache, skylines with castles and spires, tales of heroism on the battlefields and in the glens, fertile ground for romantics. You can find all of this in these pages which we have broken down into areas, into activities, outings especially popular with children, as well as some rainy day suggestions. We then move onto free stuff to help the pocket as Scotland does not need to be an expensive destination. Finally you’ll find our personal “don’t miss” excursions and a few useful hints and tips to help your planning and purse.

Where you see a boldfaced word or phrase underlined, this indicates a link to a website. Click on it for lots more information including opening times. Although most places are open on a Sunday, do be aware that a few attractions (particularly stately homes) do close over the winter months. If you have chosen to stay at Crosswoodhill just because it’s close to Edinburgh, you are in for a lovely surprise, and some of it comes free.

 

Tempted to explore other areas and activities easily reached from here?   Return to the menu above, select See & Do, and find yourselves spoilt for choice.

 


 

Central area covers North of the Forth in our pages.

 

 

 

 

 

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