Discovering the Lothians

Situated across the East coast and part of Scotland’s central belt, the Lothians are a series of districts that are more than just bookends for the splendour of Edinburgh. Comprised of East, West and Mid Lothian, each region offers a whirl of different attractions and features; each of which is a compelling reason to visit.


For lovers of the great outdoors, East Lothians proximity to the unspoilt coastline and award-winning beaches is a must for anyone with a passion for walking, cycling or surfing. Home to a number of quaint coastal towns such as Dunbar and North Berwick, East Lothian’s heritage is a mix of fishing villages and rolling farms whose fields stretch for miles and offer an abundance of wildlife and local produce.


To the West of Edinburgh lies West Lothian and – in contrast to East Lothian – is a completely inland region where rural villages meet Scotland’s other big city – Glasgow.

A delicate blend of countryside and contemporary, West Lothian is the gateway to a wealth of attractions including Falkrik, Stirling, Linlithgow as well as scenic routes that head into the heart of the Highlands. The diversity of attractions in West Lothian also provides the opportunity to tour country parks one moment or indulge a passion for fashion the next at one of the areas many retail parks.


Finally, sandwiched inbetween East and West lies Mid Lothian. Home to Scotland’s capital city, Mid Lothian has proved popular with film makers, authors and photographers, many of which dip into the region’s rich cultural, political, and architectural heritage for inspiration. Sprawling across the Scotland’s central belt and beyond, Mid Lothian is easily accessible all year round; meaning those staying in an Edinburgh city centre hotel can find themselves in – what seems – a million miles away within just half an hour’s drive.