Midlothian is a jewel in the crown as it offers all the benefits of a rural lifestyle, but is close enough to Edinburgh to enjoy all the delights a city has to offer.
Not only are there lots of opportunities to take advantage of scenic walks and breath-taking views, but the area boasts an array of historical buildings, such as castles, palaces and abbeys. Most famous, and definitely worth a visit, is the iconic 15th century Rosslyn Chapel which became world renowned after featuring in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Vogrie Country Park is a great place to go with the family and take advantage of woodland walks, play areas, picnics and golfing, whereas creepy crawly enthusiasts can make their way to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World. Not only is this tropical rainforest filled with an array of fluttering insects, but there are also other items worth getting up close to like snakes, scorpions and spiders. Kids love it and it is educational for them too.
For action-seeking families, Midlothian Snowsports Centre is great fun. Offering the opportunity to ski or snowboard on a dry slope, having a go at tubing is guaranteed to raise some laughter from adults and squeals from kids. Who knew that sitting on a giant inflatable donut could produce lots of entertainment!
After a busy day exploring, Midlothian has an array of eateries, from fine dining to a quick pit stop. The luxurious Melville Castle hotel is a popular choice for weddings, but this family-run venue is wonderful place to go for a special occasion dinner followed by a stroll around the perfectly manicured grounds.
With over 50 homes, ranging from spacious two bedroom apartments to five bed family homes, currently available over four stunning locations in Midlothian, we have something for everyone looking to make a move on the property ladder. Only seven* miles from Edinburgh city centre and surrounded by gorgeous countryside Midlothian is the ideal location for those seeking the best of both worlds.
There are many great transport links including frequent bus services to various areas in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians. There is also the Straiton Park and Ride to encourage you to leave your car where possible. For more information on the buses servicing Midlothian please visit the Lothian Buses website.
The Borders railway line which launched at the beginning of September has improved transport links between Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Several of our developments in Midlothian are close to the Eskbank train station. For more information on trains servicing Midlothian please visit the Scotrail website.
Our developments are also within easy access of the City of Edinburgh Bypass, allowing easy travel throughout the central belt and to Edinburgh Airport.
You don’t have to leave Midlothian to go to your favourite high street stores, Straiton Retail Park is home to the likes of Ikea, Next and TK Maxx, as well as Supermarkets Sainburys and Asda. The retail park also includes several eateries making it a great place for a day out.
If you are moving into the area with children you’ll find that Midlothian is home to many primary and secondary schools. The secondary schools closest to our developments include, Lasswade High School, Dalkeith High School and St David’s RC High School. Visit Midlothian Council’s website for more information on education.
For armchair sports fans, there’s a selection of family friendly bars offering live sports providing a great way to keep up to date with the Rugby World Cup, F1 and Wimbledon over the summer.
Not to be missed is the Midlothian Science Festival which is on until 17th October at various venues across the region offering something for everyone from stargazing, bat spotting to brewery tours.
Looking for a more relaxed activity, then check out one of the local libraries, which as well as being home to a wide range of novels and factual books, holds regular events and activities. The library also hires out CDs, DVDs and console games and is a fantastic archive resource for those looking to trace back people and events from years gone by.
When it comes to keeping the whole family entertained, Midlothian certainly offers a variety of things to enjoy.
*Our Glenesk development in Lasswade is seven miles from Edinburgh city centre.
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