A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Easily reached from The Old Millhouse, spend a day soaking up the incomparable Georgian architecture, historic buildings, museums and galleries, or go on a spree in the designer stores such as Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry.

From hip bars, bookshops and boutiques to quirky cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants, Edinburgh has something for everyone. Visit during August (very early booking of The Old Millhouse recommended) and immerse yourself in the magnificent mayhem that is the Edinburgh International FestivalFestival Fringe and Edinburgh Book Festival – three weeks of high culture, comedy, drama and dance, featuring famous authors, top symphony orchestras and theatre groups of the world, alongside new performers and the very best in street theatre, not to mention the world famous The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Rugby fans won’t want to miss the Six Nations Championship featuring the best in world rugby with matches at the Murrayfield Stadium.


Closer to home there is the wonderful Lammermuir Festival which celebrates classical music in local historic churches, including Roslyn Chapel. We also have the Borders Book Festival which attracts top literary figures to the pretty market town of Melrose (also home to popular rugby tournament the Melrose 7s) 35 minutes drive towards the English Border.


There are around 22 fine golf courses within easy reach, including some of Scotland’s finest, among them Muirfield(previously home to The Open), Gullane Golf Club and Musselburgh Golf Club. Indeed, there is even a scenic driving route signed Scotland’s Golf Coast making trips between courses an easy option.

If you’d like to enjoy a round of golf while staying at The Old Millhouse, let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to tee up a time for you to play.


One of the great joys of The Old Millhouse is you have fishing on your doorstep, on the River Esk which flows through our grounds. If you’d like to go further afield for a more organised day on the river, there is excellent fishing to be had on the legendary Tweed or one of its tributaries, and with the help of partner sporting agency Exclusively Scottish a day of fishing, field sports or clay pigeon shooting is easily arranged (advance booking essential).

Walking enthusiasts will love the many trails and interesting hiking routes in the Edinburgh and Lothians area, the most well-known being The John Muir Way which stretches from the east to west coast. There is also good walking to be had in the Pentland Hills which nestle close to the city itself.