Take time to visit Edinburgh and the Lothians’ most magnificent historic houses and palaces
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Ideally located for Edinburgh visitors, the palace is at the end of the Royal Mile. During The Queen's Holyrood week, which usually runs from the end of June to the beginning of July, Her Majesty carries out a wide range of official engagements in Scotland. Visit www.royalcollection.org.uk for more information.
15 miles west of Edinburgh in its own park beside Linlithgow Loch, visitors will find the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace a previous residence of the Stewart family kings and queens. The palace is said to be haunted by Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace is managed and maintained by Historic Scotland and open to visitors all year round. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.
Hopetoun House is one of Scotland's finest stately home's set in 150 acres of gardens offering picturesque walks, picnic spots, clay shooting, cycling and Geocache, a treasure hunting game. Hopetoun House is open to visitors from Easter until late September. Visit Hopetoun House for more information.
House of the Binns was built in 1612 by Thomas Dalyell and sits within 260 acres of stunning landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, near Linlithgow. The House of Binns, a 17th-century laird’s house, has been the home of the Dalyell family for 400 years. Visit The National Trust for Scotland for more information.