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Small Towns and Villages to Visit near Edinburgh

Our historic Scottish capital Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Bustling streets, historic attractions, magnificent theatres, and diverse shops attract millions of visitors every year. But, if you fancy a taste of the city and a visit to some charming villages near Edinburgh too, why not base yourself at Parliament House Hotel? Here, you can enjoy central Edinburgh accommodation, allowing you to venture off to explore some picturesque towns and villages nearby.

Beautiful Villages Near Edinburgh

There are many delightful villages near Edinburgh, rich in history and heritage. And some of these are found within a few miles of the city. Perfect for day trips from Edinburgh.


Rosslyn Chapel near EdinburghSituated just seven miles south of Edinburgh, the village of Roslin is famous for its Rosslyn Chapel, which featured in the Da Vinci Code book. The stunning Gothic-style building features pinnacles, gargoyles, and flying buttresses, and has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. In Roslin, you’ll also find the Roslin Institute, where the world’s first sheep was cloned. Dolly, who was created in 1997, sadly died in 2003, but not before producing six gorgeous lambs.


Pittenweem Harbour in ScotlandNext, head just over an hour north of Edinburgh to the seaside village of Pittenweem. Home to a bustling working harbour, where you can watch the fishing boats go about their day, this village is a must-see. Here, you can buy delicious fresh catch of the day at the daily fish market. Whilst strolling around the streets, you’ll see houses boasting traditional Fife design with red pantile and grey-slate roofs. You can also visit the nearby historic Balcaskie House and Kellie Castle.


Row of houses in Culross ScotlandIn Culross, 45 minutes north-east of Edinburgh, you’ll find cobbled streets and unique red-tile-roofed 17th and 18th century buildings. And, you might recognise the picturesque village from the US TV series Outlander. Here, you can also stroll around the grounds of the beautiful Culross Palace and its period gardens. Full of charm and history, Culross is one of the finest Scottish villages to visit.

Charming Small Towns

When planning short trips from Edinburgh, you’ll find plenty of idyllic small towns that are just perfect and not too far away. Whether you fancy a trip to the coast or the countryside, you can visit these towns by car, train or bus from Edinburgh.


Panorama of Peebles with the river Tweed in Scottish borders, ScotlandStart with a visit to the town of Peebles, 45 minutes south of Edinburgh. Here, you can enjoy long walks along the River Tweed, or visit ancient monuments and sites like the Mercat Cross and the Cross Kirk.

The town is also home to John Buchan, the Scottish author of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Or, go fishing in the river, hiking or mountain biking in the Glentress Forest, or visit the towns art galleries and craft studios.


Linlithgow Palace across the waterNext, head 40 minutes west of Edinburgh to Linlithgow, which is famous for its 15th century palace and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

In this pretty town, you can spot wildlife on the Linlithgow Loch, or take a tranquil boat trip along the Union Canal.

North Berwick

Seaside town of North Berwick in ScotlandFinally, stop off at North Berwick, a seaside town just half an hour by train from Edinburgh.

Here, you’ll find plenty to see and do, from bird-watching to exploring castles. Play golf at the North Berwick, Glen, or Muirfield courses, or take a boat trip around the local islands. Then, wander around the town’s eclectic shops, cafes and bars, or sink your toes into the soft sand on the beach.


So, why not visit the small towns and villages near Edinburgh during your stay at Parliament House Hotel? Combine your city break with a tour of some of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and discover beautiful scenery, friendly locals, and historic attractions. Check out our special January sale offer and enjoy reduced rates during your visit to Edinburgh this winter.

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