Dalkeith

Dalkeith is the main administrative centre of Midlothian. It is situated on the confluence of the rivers North and South Esk, and its ancient origins are shown in place names: Dol coet – meadow of the wood), and Isca – water.

More recently Dalkeith was a main market town, and it has some excellent examples of historical architecture, such as St Nicholas Buccleuch church (1406), and the Corn Exchange (1853).

Nearby Dalkeith Country Park is undergoing a £3.5 million re-development which will transform it into a key visitor attraction and a hub for families, activities and events.

Close by is Newbattle Abbey, founded in 1140, and the site where the Declaration of Arbroath was drafted in 1320.