Pioneering conservationist John Muir has inspired people all over the world. His home is now a new, five-star visitor attraction.
Where: EH42 1JJ
This beautiful wood has a lake, a network of paths and a Sculpture Trail, and is wheelchair accessible.
Want to find the secret escape tunnel or the “Laird’s lug” for spying on guests? A tour of this quirky house will turn up these and more treats.
Where: EH49 7NA
Enjoy spectacular flying displays and visit Prof Hoot’s Owl School to test your knowledge of these fine birds.
Where: EH47 0AD
This charming gallery in the fishing village of Cockenzie and Port Seton offers bespoke gifts.
Where: EH32 0HT
6. Binny Craig, near Linlithgow Palace
It’s a bit of a trek, but the views from the top are so worth it. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see virtually all of the Firth of Forth rippling below, the Ochil Hills and the Trossachs beyond. Afterwards, head into lovely Linlithgow for a drink and snack.
Where: EH49 7AL
Whynot? brings together lots of independent shops selling items you can’t find anywhere else.
Where: EH39 4HD
Musselburgh, EH21 7TE Tucked away behind stone walls in the charming village of Inveresk, this is a picturesque oasis of calm
Where: EH21 7TE
On the banks of the River Tyne is Scotland’s largest parish church. St Mary’s is a tranquil oasis with a turbulent history.
Where: EH41 4BZ
This once-sacred site with a 5500-year history covers a Bronze Age grave into which you can descend – brilliant!
Where: EH49 7AL
Star of The Da Vinci Code, this 15th Century chapel is rumoured to be the last resting place of the Holy Grail.
Where: EH25 9PU
Scotland’s only memorial for Scots who died in the Korean war 67 years ago is surrounded by lovely walks.
Where: EH48 4JW
Legend has it that Scotland’s flag, the oldest in Europe and the Commonwealth, originated here in 832AD.
Where: EH39 5BE
14. Seacliff Beach, North Berwick
This beautiful beach is in a little-known corner of East Lothian. Accessed by a private road, it has what must be the world’s tiniest harbour, the ruins of a grand house and great views.
Where: EH39 5PP
15. Yester Castle & Goblin Ha, Haddington
Creepy Yester Castle and its underground chamber was built in the 13th Century by “wizard” Hugo de Giffard.
Where: EH41 4PH
Want to explore more of Scotland? Head to our Scottish Gems section.
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