Log in or register
close
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

Midlothian
Midlothian

places to visit

Midlothian

Visit Midlothian

With the Pentland Hills climbing to the west, the Moorfoot Hills to the south, and Edinburgh right on its doorstep, Midlothian is high up on the agenda for many visitors to Scotland. South of Edinburgh’s city bypass lies a swathe of former coal-mining country. The pits were closed in the 1980s, and former mining communities like Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge have become dormitory suburbs of the city. Gorebridge is a rather sleepy suburb these days. In the 19th century it produced gunpowder for Wellington’s armies and Nelson’s warships, and its peace was occasionally shattered by accidental explosions. You can see the scanty remains of the gunpowder mills nearby, but Gorebridge’s real attraction is a grand Georgian mansion built for a dynasty of Scottish magnates: Arniston House.

 

The Da Vinci Code draw
In a mining village south of Edinburgh you’ll find one of Scotland's most mysterious buildings. Rosslyn Chapel was founded here in 1446 and is linked with the Knights Templar and other secretive societies, and believed by some to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail, a role publicised in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Make time too to visit Dalhousie Castle, which claims to be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, built in 1450.

Recommended in Midlothian

43960 2

The Sun Inn

This traditional coaching inn has boutique-style bedrooms and friendly service.
120572 2

Premier Inn Edinburgh A7 (Dalkeith)

Stay close to some of the world's most famous golf courses.
43960 1

The Sun Inn Restaurant

'Eat, drink, relax' is the motto of this charming gastro-pub.