43 attractions you should visit in Midlothian - With photos & details

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Top 43 attractions to explore in Midlothian

Midlothian is a historic county, registration county, lieutenancy area and one of 32 council areas of Scotland used for local government. Midlothian lies in the east-central Lowlands, bordering the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Allermuir AvenueAllermuir Ave, Bilston, Roslin EH25, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A majestic hill, that is 493 metres high  in the Pentland Hills region or range in Scotland It is one of the most impressive and most often noticed hills in the range. You can climb Allermuir Hill from a number of different starting points. A path from Hillend near Lothianburn leads up over neighbouring Caerketton Hill after climbing above the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, en route to Allermuir Hill.

Arniston HouseArniston House, Gorebridge EH23 4RY, UK
Outdoors- Other
Iconic Buildings

A vast greenish 6000 acre esstate which offers accomodation, hosts special events, weddings and tours, surrounded by beautiful gardens and forestry. It has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. The house is of three storeys over a basement.  The most significant interiors are William Adam's two-storey, galleried saloon, with decorative plasterwork by Joseph Enzer, and the Rococo dining room and drawing room, by the Adam brothers.

Baddinsgill ReservoirBaddinsgill Reservoir EH46 7HL, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Baddinsgill Reservoir is a small reservoir close to Carlops. The reservoir occupies about 23.7 hectares. The Lyne Water is dammed to form the reservoir, not the Baddinsgill Burn, which joins the Lyne Water further south, below the reservoir. It is close to Baddinsgill House.

Bavelaw CastleEdinburgh, Balerno EH14 7JS, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

A majestic historic house in the City of Edinburgh council area, Scotland.  Comprising two storeys, an attic and a basement, the original tower was probably the work of the Dundas family, and both Mary, Queen of Scots , and King James VI stayed here. It was now a historic monument and it attracts a lot of tourists.

Bell's HillBell's Hill EH26 0PP, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Bell Hill is one of the highest hills in the county of Dorset, England and a high point on the Wessex Ridgeway. The summit itself lies on a ridge running from northeast to southwest. There is evidence of prehistoric settlement, with a tumulus  500 metres southwest of the summit, a cross dyke beyond it and a settlement and field system in the area of the Ringmoor plantation. An iconic location for a picnic and also there are so many options in this area.

Blackhope ScarBlackhope Scar, Heriot EH44 6NW, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Blackhope Scar is a majestic summit in the Moorfoot Hills region or range in Scotland. Blackhope Scar is 651 metres high. A rough, boggy moorland hill, it is usually climbed from the Gladhouse Reservoir and offers fine views from its summit. A good trekking destination and also it offers nice views of this area.

Carnethy HillCarnethy Hill, Penicuik EH26, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A majestic summit with a 73 metres high located in the Pentland Hills region or range in Scotland. A good trekking destination and also there are so many beautiful views from here. Loganlea Reservoir lies on the Northwest flank of the hill.

Castlelaw HillCastlelaw Hill, Penicuik EH26 0PB, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A majestic hill that rises steeply from the valley to the northern tops of the Pentland Hills in Midlothian, Scotland. There was a majestic hill fort called,Castlelaw Hill Fort, which is an elaborate Iron Age fortification consisting of three earthwork ditches and banks protecting a roughly circular inner area.

Castlelaw Hill Fort2, 2 Castlelaw Cottages, Penicuik EH26 0PB, UK
Mountain Peaks
Forts
Old Ruins

This is the remnant of  a stronghold of the Iron Age, which has commands views over the Forth and Lothian. When it was occupied the site consisted of three earthwork ramparts, ditches and timber palisades. The fort contained a Souterrain for the storage of agricultural produce. An iconic attraction in this area  and it attracts a lot of tourists.

Cauldstane SlapCauldstane Slap, Kirknewton EH46 7HL, UK
Mountain Passes

Cauldstane Slap is a pass located in the Pentland Hills of Scotland. It marks the border between the neighboring council areas of West Lothian and Scottish Borders and historically the border between Edinburghshire and Peeblesshire. It offers a good trip through the middle of nature and also there are somnay other adventure options too.

Clubbiedean ReservoirClubbiedean Reservoir, Edinburgh, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Clubbiedean reservoir is situated a mile south of Colinton. It is one of the smaller reservoirs in the hills, managed by Clubbiedean Fishery, offering day permits for boats and bank fishing for rainbow and blue trout. A good location for a picnic and there are so many other adventure options too.

Crichton CastleCrichton, Pathhead EH37 5XA, UK
Iconic Buildings

A large majestic castle with a spectacular facade of faceted stonework in an Italian style which gives beauty to the castle. Constructed as a tower house in the late 14th century, and it was expanded as power of the Crichton family grew. However, the Crichtons fell from favour in the later 15th century, and the castle passed to the Earls of Bothwell.  It was now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland, and are open to the public.

East Cairn HillEast Cairn Hill, Balerno EH14 7JL, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A majestic hill which was located in the Pentland Hills range of Scotland. With a height of 567 m.  A good trekking destination and also there are so many things to see and do here.

Gladhouse ReservoirGladhouse Reservoir, Gorebridge EH23, UK
Glencorse ReservoirGlencorse Reservoir, Penicuik EH26, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful reservoir which was located in Midlothian, Scotland, UK, two miles west of Glencorse, in the Pentland Hills. The reservoir is not the primary source of drinking water for Edinburgh, but instead provides a top-up supply when the principal supply from the Megget Reservoir and Talla Reservoir are low.  It is also one of the iconic picnic places in this area.

Glentress ForestGlentress Forest, United Kingdom
Forests

The gateway to the Tweed Valley Forest Park and home of a mountain biking centre which is one of the 7stanes mountain bike trails operated throughout southern Scotland by Forestry and Land Scotland. There are so many walking routes and options for tree-top adventure and magnificent views of the Tweed Valley.

Gore Glen Woodland ParkPovert Rd, Gorebridge EH23 4LJ, UK
Outdoors- Other
Forests

A vast green park situated west of Gorebridge, close to Robert Adams Wood. It represents a regenerated industrial landscape located a half-mile west of Gorebridge in Midlothian. The landscape was principally the result of coal-mining activity from the 19th century until the 1960s.  There are free curricular based environmental education activities for schools and groups, led and organised by the Ranger Service.

Great Polish Map of ScotlandBarony Castle Hotel UK, Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QW, UK
Outdoors- Other

The Great Polish Map of Scotland” was built over six summers between 1974 and 1979. It was mainly the work of a small group of Poles from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland, led by the map’s main designer, Dr. Kazimierz Trafas.   It is a large physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m. It stands in the grounds of Barony Castle, Eddleston, once the home of the Murrays of Elibank, and later the Hotel Black Barony.

Map of attractions in Midlothian