Midlothian is a historic county in Scotland which emerged as its own in the Middle Ages. Although it borders the capital city, Midlothian is still the official Edinburgh county and encompasses some of the best places to visit in Scotland and top Scottish tourist attractions, including Butterfly World Edinburgh, the Rosslyn Chapel, the gorgeous Pentland Hills and the National Mining Museum Scotland. There are plenty of quaint hubs to discover around the borders including the port district of Leith and Rosewell Midlothian, an old mining town which ran within the county.
Edinburgh’s oldest football club, Heart of Midlothian F.C., is named after Walter Scott’s famous novel of the same title in celebration of this eclectic region, which also hosts a renowned science festival every year. Midlothian Science Festival has been running since 2012 across 17 different locations in the Edinburgh region and beyond, involving a host of community and school-based events. With some of the most beautiful scenery, oldest areas and best family restaurants, Midlothian will be top of your list for family days out in Scotland.