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Edinburgh - off the beaten track

Head south of the centre to a macabre museum, the setting of the Da Vinci coda, and powerful insights into colliery life
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 14 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Sometimes it's nice to escape the bustle of the city centre, and let the pace slip a little, and in a city where you spend a lot of... more »

Tips:  Tips: Be sure to carry a waterproof or windcheater - even on the sunniest day, sudden downpours are frequent, and hailstones can... more »

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Points of Interest

Situated in the heart of the University quarter 'Athens of the North' motif is delivered with pizazz in the temple-like Greek Revival Building by William Playfair that is home to Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons. The organisation - which promotes excellence in surgery - has a pedigree going back to the early 16th century, making it one of the... More

From the Surgeon's Hall Museum turn back onto the main road (Nicholson Street). Take bus #47, marked Penicuik or Deanburn (which runs every 30 minutes) to Bilston (journey time 36 minutes), getting off at Roslin Road on the A701, and transfer to bus #40, marked Penicuik, (journey time 9 minutes), getting off outside the Original Rosslyn Hotel on... More

3. National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange

From Rosslyn Chapel take Bus #40 to Eskbank, Dalkeith getting off by the Tesco Dalkeith Hardengreen store, then taking bus #29 to the Mining Museum in Newtongrange. Total journey time is around 50 minutes. When returning to Edinburgh services #29 and #33 will take you back direct, without the need to change.

The Lady Victoria Colliery, home of... More