Some of Scotland’s most stunning and sought-after rural lowland locations can be found in the areas surrounding the city of Edinburgh, known as The Lothians. The region comprises three distinct Scottish historical counties, each with its own character and charm; East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.
If you’re looking for a property in The Lothians our professional property finders would be delighted to assist with your search. Many properties here never reach the open market, many of the most prestigious homes are sold entirely off market meaning it can be easy to miss out on opportunities.
Most locations in The Lothians can reach Edinburgh within half an hour by car or train which makes them an extremely attractive choice for commuters and makes up part of Scotland’s central belt. Coastal towns such as North Berwick in East Lothian are some of the most prestigious in Scotland, and inland locations such as Linlithgow, home to spectacular Blackness Castle, offer an unrivalled quality of life. There are also some exceptional schools in the area, namely Loretto School in Musselburgh and Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar.
East Lothian Home Search
East Lothian is now arguably one of Scotland’s most exclusive historic counties, it is clear to see why, situated in an enviable location on the Forth of Firth and the east coast and also within striking distance of Edinburgh.
East Lothian is known as the sunniest place in Scotland and one of the best places to live in the UK thanks to its natural scenic beauty combined with pretty historical towns and villages. Sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs can be found for 40 miles along the coastline, contrasted by the iconic green rolling Lammermuir Hills which create a natural boundary between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
Famous golf courses such as Muirfield and Musselburgh Links can be enjoyed in East Lothian, along with some excellent hill walking along The John Muir Way. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, surfing and diving on the coast, and wildlife can be enjoyed by boat with visits to the Isle of May or Bass Rock.
There are a range of annual events in East Lothian which attract visitors year on year, namely the Lammermuir Festival, Prestonpans’ 3 Harbours Arts Festival and the Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick. Agricultural shows such as the Haddington Show are also popular with residents.
Fresh local produce can be enjoyed at some of Scotland’s favourite restaurants including The Main Course in Gullane, The Creel in Dunbar and The Waterside Bistro in Haddington.
East Lothian is home to two of Scotland’s most popular private schools, Loretto School in Musselburgh and Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar.
East Lothian is extremely well connected by train and regular services run to and from Edinburgh. The A1 and A198 motorways also offer easy connections by car to Edinburgh.
North Berwick Property
North Berwick and the surrounding farmland is home to some of Scotland’s most sought-after properties – from quaint coastal cottages to spectacular detached homes further inland.
The picturesque town has a wonderful variety of independent shops and seaside restaurants, two golf courses, a popular leisure centre and a yacht club. The Scottish Seabird Centre has its home in North Berwick, as does the ancient fortress of Tantallon Castle. The North Berwick Highland Games is a popular annual event as is the Fringe by the Sea which hosts a line-up of enjoyable stand up comedy and musical performances.
There are several schools to choose from, with North Berwick High School which was included in Tatler’s top schools for 2018. North Berwick is just half an hour from Edinburgh by train and 45 minutes by car.
Midlothian Property Finders
Midlothian, idyllically set in the Tyne Valley region of the Lothians, is renowned for its beautiful farm and woodland as well as its impressive family houses which offer superb rural living just a stone’s throw from the city of Edinburgh.
Midlothian is home to the Vogrie Country Park where country walks, horse and cycle trails can be enjoyed, and the iconic Rosslyn Chapel is an impressive 15th century building which famously featured in Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The Palladian architecture of Penicuik House and the surrounding estate makes for an enjoyable day out, and there is a charming café and farm shop also on the grounds.
The scenic Pentland Hills can be explored in the north-west region of Midlothian which are a top spot for hillwalkers and those wishing to enjoy breathtaking views of the Scottish Lowlands from 600 meters. Eateries such as The Secret Herb Garden near Eskbank and The Paper Mill at Laswade are good options for an evening out and there are several annual events to get involved in such as the Midlothian Science Festival.
Travel to Edinburgh from Midlothian is convenient thanks to the Borders Railway with stops at Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Eskbank. It takes roughly half an hour to reach Edinburgh by car. There are plenty of schooling options with Dalkeith High being a particular favourite.
Homes in Dalkeith
Dalkeith is a large historical town in Midlothian which is surrounded by pretty villages and green open spaces. Eskbank is a particularly prestigious district within Dalkeith and is home to some fine Victorian homes as well as exclusive new developments. Eskbank is also home to the popular Butterfly and Insect World which offers a fascinating day out.
Dalkeith Palace and Country Park is a stunning mansion with impressive grounds including Restoration Yard farm shop, café and wellbeing lab. The ancient monastery Newbattle Abbey is also a popular attraction steeped in history. Nearby Bonnyrigg is another first choice location for those looking to move to Midlothian, and such areas are becoming more popular year on year for their charm and proximity to Edinburgh city centre.
West Lothian Buying Agent
Known by many to be the happiest place to live in Scotland, West Lothian, home to the Pentland and Bathgate Hills, should be on any buyer’s radar when it comes to finding a rural property within striking distance of both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The landscapes offer fantastic hillwalking and the Pentland Hills alone, which sit to the south-east of West Lothian, offer 100km of delightful walking trails.
West Lothian plays host to an array of historical homes such as Linlithgow Palace, Midhope Castle, featured in the famous TV series Outlander, and Hopetoun House. Other days out can be enjoyed at Five Sisters Zoo and the Almond Valley Heritage Centre, and West Lothian is also home to the Scottish National Equestrian Centre. West Lothian is home to Clifton Hall private school and there are some popular state options such as The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form.
Property in Linlithgow
Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace overlooking Linlithgow Loch is a landmark attraction for this ancient town which is a firm favourite for those hoping to move to West Lothian. Beecraigs Country Park offers a scenic day out for residents and there are some charming independent shops, cafes and restaurants in town.
Linlithgow station allows regular access to Edinburgh in 20 minutes, and Glasgow in 30 minutes making it a top choice for commuters to both cities.
Property Finders in The Lothians
If you’re looking for a property in The Lothians our professional property finders would be delighted to assist with your search, based locally they have both the experience and area knowledge to source your ideal home.