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Edinburgh is a city of majesty, beauty and culture. Explore the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town (1780’s), and visit the many Art Galleries and The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Near the Palace, Our Dynamic Earth is a superb exhibition showing the birth of the earth and the formation of life and evolution.

Walk up MacRae’s dyke to the top of Arthur’s Seat (site of the biggest mutiny in the British army) to see spectacular views of the City. Feed the squirrels at the world famous Botanical Gardens; visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – see how the Queen lived as she sailed around the world. Wander down the Royal Mile, then rest your weary feet in one of the many cafés or pubs!

Dalkeith Country Park is 800m from Rathan House. A visit to Rosslyn Chapel – built by the Knights Templar. Children of all ages love to visit the Bird of Prey Centre and Deep Sea World, or go to the Zoo. There are pleasant beaches at Gullane, Yellowcraig (Dirlton) and Longniddrie.

Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith Country Park &
Fort Douglas Adventure Playground

1,000 acres of history, walks, wellness, shopping, food and adventure playground, all in a beautiful setting.

Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. The beauty of its setting, in rural Midlothian, and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, attracted and intrigued writers, artists and visitors ever since.

Edinburgh Castle

One of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city.

Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House.

Visit the house, grounds, maze, craft workshops, Garden Cafe and the world famous Traquair House Brewery.

Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace above the River Tyne in Midlothian. Though rarely the stage for significant events, the castle’s connections to two influential families link it to some of the most colourful chapters in Scottish history.

Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park.
Ask the "wild" MacRAE's about MacRaes Dyke on Arthur's Seat!

The Palace of Holyrood House

Take a tour of the Kings royal residence in Edinburgh where you will gain great insights into the complexities of Scots history.

Our Dynamic Earth

From nothing to everything, explore the birth of the Universe.

The Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the world's largest community arts projects, hand stitched by 1,000 people from across Scotland. The tapestry itself tells the story of Scotland's history, heritage and culture.
Trains to the above are half hourly from Eskbank Train Station. (4mins and 34 mins past the hour, £8.30)


Visit the extraordinary home, gardens and estate of 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott. The visitor centre has café. exhibition and gift shop open all year round.
Trains to the above are half hourly from Eskbank Train Station. (4mins and 34 mins past the hour, £8.30)

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

A national treasure of Scotland with a spectacular Living Collection of plants over 350 years old.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Discover what life was like during Royal service on board Queen Elizabeth II's former floating palace.

The National Museum of Scotland

With thousands of amazing objects across multiple galleries, the Museum offers you a world of discovery all under one roof.

Seabird Centre in North Berwick

An interactive adventure exploring Scotland's Seas. Open daily with seasonal boat trips runing from 1st April until September.

Park & Ride into Edinburgh


The bus ride to the centre of EDINBURGH – “NORTH BRIDGE” … 38 minutes. BUS 3.

(LRT) No: 3 every 12 minutes… within a 1 minute walk. All Day tickets are £5 or £2 for 1 journey. £10.50 for a Family all day ticket.

The bus stop at The Eskbank  – Rathan House  is called “GLENESK stop in Eskbank Road” … 50 metres to Guesthouse (near Morrisons supermarket)

Railway park & ride – it’s a 900m drive to ESKBANK TRAIN STATION.

The bus ride to the centre of EDINBURGH takes 38 minutes (50 minutes in rush hour). There is a bus (LRT 3) every 12 minutes within a 1-minute walk. Day tickets are £5.00.

Most guests going into Edinburgh get off at “NORTH BRIDGE” or “PRINCES STREET”

Some other useful links

We have three excellent pay-and-play courses within a mile or so. You could easily walk to Newbattle. Kings Acre and Melville Golf Centre are less than five minutes by car and also have excellent driving ranges. Scotland, of course, is the home of golf and you will find a comprehensive guide to its courses at Scottish Golf.

Edinburgh is home to the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. We also have an excellent Garden Centre, Dobbies.

TAXIS/Meet & Greet at Airports
Ewan MacRae  can point you at  good arrival options.

You may seek the very special and choose to dine out at Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg – in the Orangerie or Dungeon restaurants. Precede this with de-stressing in their Aqueous Spa .  

Within 200 metres of the Eskbank is the Justinlees pub– and Ithihaas – a good low cost 3-course menu.  A 200 metre walk to Dalkeith takes you to fine food.  Cavaliere  Italian .  GIGI in nearby Bonnyrigg is exceptionally good.   The Paper Mill; The Sun Inn  and Lucy’s  are excellent restaurants too.

Before going into town to shop, have a look at The Clans and Tartans of Scotland.

Airport Parking Guide     

Visit Us

THE ESKBANK – B&B HOTEL (Rathan House)
45 Eskbank Road, Eskbank
EH22 3BH
Tel: 0044 (0) 131 663 3291
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