Places To Visit

Midlothian has many interesting and beautiful places to visit, with some of them listed below.

Old Temple Kirk

This is located to the top of Temple village down the road to the right as you enter Temple from the north.

Arniston House

Arniston House is an historic Georgian Mansion home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. Entry is by guided tour only and there are the grounds to discover.


There are several reservoirs in the area which supply water to Edinburgh and also provide excellent fishing opportunities (by permit only). Gladhouse is a winter roost for many wildfowl, particularly thousands of pink footed geese, and is the largest of the reservoirs, built in 1879. It flows into Rosebery Reservoir which was opened in 1885 (fishing permit). With Edgelaw Reservoir in the sam earwa, these reservoirs are popular with fishermen for catches of pike and brown and rainbow trout.

Walking and Cycling

Midlothian is surrounds by the hills, with the Pentlands to the West and Moorfoots to the south. With several disused railways, cycle paths can take you from one end of Midlothian to the other.

Scottish Mining Museum

The Scottish Mining Museum in Newtongrange is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe.

Borthwick & Crichton Castles

Two historic castles boasting many famous tales of battles and visitors. Although Borthwick Castle is a private hotel, it is a fine example of castles of the 15th century. Crichton Castle is only a few miles away, but you will probably need a car to reach it. Although a ruin, you can tour the castle.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel is over 500 years old and probably the most famous visitor location in Midlothian. Practically every surface of the chapel is carved in an outstanding display of craftsmanship.