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11 Iconic Buildings 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.

Arniston House
Arniston HouseArniston House, Gorebridge EH23 4RY, UK

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.

Bavelaw Castle
Bavelaw CastleEdinburgh, Balerno EH14 7JS, UK

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.

Crichton Castle
Crichton CastleCrichton, Pathhead EH37 5XA, UK

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.

Leithen Lodge House
Leithen Lodge HouseLeithen Lodge House, Innerleithen EH44 6NW, UK

Leithen Lodge in Peeblesshire is a Grade A Listed Building offering country retreats, a corporate venue & self catering short breaks Scotland. It was one of the iocnic attraction for the tourists coming here.

Mavisbank House
Mavisbank HousePolton Rd, Lasswade EH18 1HY, UK

Mavisbank House is Category A listed by Historic Scotland. The house was partially destroyed and left in ruin by a fire in 1973. It was designed by the architect William Adam constructed between 1723 and 1727. Unfortuneately the house neglected and the interiors were ruined by fire in 1973 but it is still an interesting sight for visitors to see. Parking is available in Loanhead.

Newbyres Castle
Newbyres CastleUnnamed Road, Gorebridge EH23 4TP, UK

A majestic 16th centiry castle, which was once a substantial L-shaped tower house built by Michael Borthwick of Glengelt. The tower occupied a roughly triangular position, which was naturally defended by deeply worn water-courses. The remaining structure is a scheduled monument, which, provides evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence for the study of the defensive architecture and domestic life of the minor gentry in mid-sixteenth-century Scotland.

Newhailes Estate
Newhailes EstateUnit 5 Newhailes Business Park, Newhailes Rd, Musselburgh EH21 6RH, UK

Newhailes is one of the most impressive 17th century Palladian villas and beautiful estate in Scotland. It was home to the Dalrymple family for more than 300 years, and the Estate stretches out over 80-acres and has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1997.

Uttershill Castle
Uttershill Castle10 Pomathorn Rd, Penicuik EH26 8LT, UK

Uttershill Castle was built around 1510 as a two storey bastle house on a hill to the south of Penicuik. The castle had two storeys, a vaulted basement, and a hall on the first storey, reached by a straight stair. The castle was built of freestone rubble, and was probably harled. The property belonged to the Prestons of Gorton and Craigmillar. In 1646 the Countess of Eglinton lived here.

Vogrie Country Park
Vogrie Country ParkGorebridge EH23 4NU, UK

More than hundred acres of woods and Victorian parkland including a 1876 Victorian mansion - part of which is open to the public. Facilities in the parkland include a miniature railway, 9-hole golf course, children's play area and four miles of walks. A good experience in the middle of nature and a great chance to explore the ancient beauty.

Map of Iconic Buildings to explore in Midlothian