The National Museum of Scotland

Located just south of Edinburgh’s Old Town, adjacent to Greyfriars Kirk, the National Museum of Scotland fuses the antiquarian and cultural collections of the Museum of Scotland with the science, technology and natural history exhibits of the Royal Scottish Museum – a merger in 2006 that created a formidable array of thousands of curiosities to appeal to visitors of every age and background.

Housed in two distinctive buildings that retain their own unique design and atmosphere, the National Museum of Scotland’s reach extends far beyond the borders of the country, featuring historical, cultural and geological exhibits from Ancient Egypt, East Asia and around the world. But there’s a distinctly Scottish flavour to many of the galleries, tracing the development of the country from its earliest days and reflecting its emergence as a scientific and cultural superpower in a rapidly changing world.

Highlights to enjoy at the museum include Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal; the Jean Muir collection of costume; and the infamous Scottish Maiden – one of the earliest forms of the executioner’s weapon, the guillotine.

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Lochend Park

Lochend Park

There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh’s city centre, however, if you’re a local whofancies a change of scene or a visitor who would rather avoid the city’s busier, more well-known attractions, Newhailes Estate is a lovely option for a countryside day trip.

Lochend Park

Newhailes House

There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh’s city centre, however, if you’re a local whofancies a change of scene or a visitor who would rather avoid the city’s busier, more well-known attractions, Newhailes Estate is a lovely option for a countryside day trip.

Corstorphine Walled Garden

The “lost” Walled Garden on Corstorphine Hill was built for Hillwood House, a mansion adjacent to the garden, but due to lack of upkeep became overgrown with weeds and sections of the walls were in need of repair.

Secret Herb Garden

Sitting in the shadow of the Pentland Hills, the Secret Herb Garden stretches out over seven acres and is home to a beautiful shop, cafe, rose garden, fairy wood, several vegetable gardens, beehives, plus it’s the only gin botanical garden with a distillery in the UK.

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Sitting on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is a spectacular hidden gem set in over 100-acres of meadow, woodland and indoor gallery space.

Jupiter Artland
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Newhaven

Sandwiched between Leith Docks and Granton Harbour, Newhaven (meaning “New Harbour”) is a charming neighbourhood which was once a thriving, tight-knit fishing village and, despite its close distance to Edinburgh, was known for its distinctive dress and traditions.

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