April in Edinburgh and the Lothians

What kind of holiday are you planning?  A city break?  A relaxing countryside retreat?  A coastal holiday?  Edinburgh and the Lothians has it all, from rolling countryside to the bustle of Scotland’s capital city.  Whether you’d prefer city shopping and sightseeing or a round of golf on the coast, you’re sure to enjoy the variety of things to see and do in Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Here is just a taster of some activities and events on offer this April.

Easter Family Fun Day, The Shore, Edinburgh, 1st April, 2-5pm
Includes egg painting, face painting, a magician and cartoons on a giant screen.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails, Edinburgh, Musselborough and Linlithgow6-9th April
Fun and games for all the family in National Trust of Scotland properties.

April Foolery, Edinburgh Castle, 7-8th April
Step back in time to 1562 and meet Mary Queen of Scots.  Be entertained by fire juggling and watch performances by the Queen’s Jester.

Easter Treasure Hunt and Crafts in the Spring Gardens, Lauriston, Edinburgh, 7-8th April
Take the family to the beautiful gardens at Lauriston for a treasure hunt, egg and spoon race and Easter stories.

Edinburgh’s International Harp Festival, Merchiston Castle School, until 4th April
The festival features concerts, courses, workshops and sessions from some of the world’s finest harp players.

Edinburgh’s Ceilidh Culture, Edinburgh, until 15th April
A showcase of traditional arts celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, with music, dance and storytelling. Visit the street fair on Castle Street over the Easter weekend.

Edinburgh International Science Festival, 26 venues across Edinburgh, until 15th April
One of Europe’s largest celebrations of science and technology.

Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, 30th April
The Beltane Fire Festival is a revival of the Celtic fertility festival and is a colourful way to celebrate the start of summer.  This year marks the 25th Beltane Fire Festival.



There are plenty of activities to fill your days in Edinburgh, from exploring the historic Royal Mile and visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle, to picnicking in the Botanical Gardens and walking up Arthur’s Seat for panoramic city views.   For a dose of culture, the city has many wonderful museums and art galleries you can discover, from the newly renovated National Museum of Scotland to The Palace of Holyrood House, where you can view the current exhibition, Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

Climb up the 287 steps of the Scott Monument, overlooking Princes Street, and as well as lovely views, you can also experience its first ever photography exhibition.

The Lothians
The coast and countryside surrounding Edinburgh is made up of East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.  If you’re a keen golfer head to East Lothian, Scotland’s ‘Golf Coast’, where you can try your hand at a range of courses, both inland and links.

There are many fascinating historical attractions in the Lothians, including Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Rosslyn Chapel, a stunning chapel dating from 1446 (and featured in the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’).

For soothing seascapes, visit the East Lothian beaches – and explore the coastline on foot from the John Muir Way.

For a long weekend or an Easter break, why not visit Edinburgh and the Lothians this April?  To really get to know the area, why not stay in your own holiday cottage or apartment?  Visit EmbraceScotland for a selection of quality assured self-catering Edinburgh and holiday homes in the Lothians.

Have you been on a self-catering holiday in Edinburgh or the Lothians?  Do you have recommendations on things to see or do?  Leave your comments or questions below.


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