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The Lowlands, UK


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Leith was once Scotland’s principal port and has historical connections with Mary Guise, and her ill fated daughter, Mary Queen of Scots.  Leith prospered in the late seventeenth century with industries such as glass and soap making and sugar refining.
Many fine buildings were erected and the port assumed a solid respectable, trading character, quite distinct from Edinburgh’s.

In 1822, George IV landed at King’s Landing to a tremendous reception from Leithers. Greeting the first monarch to visit Scotland for 140 years, was a tartan clad Sir Walter Scott!

Wine storage in Leith dates from the early 16th century. At its peak there were around 100 warehouses storing wine and brandy. In the late 1880s, most were ‘converted’ to whisky storage. Around 85 bonded warehouses stood in Leith in the 1960s. maturing around 90% of all Scotch whisky.

Shipbuilding centered around the Water of Leith; famed ships built in Leith were the SS Sirius, one of the first steamships to cross the Atlantic, and SS Copenhagen one of the largest rigged ships ever built.

Today, Leith brims with personality and creative talent. It is a bustling quarter, a mix of old and new with colourful street life, a sought after place to live and a gourmet’s haven. Leith has become the top foodie destination in Edinburgh and most ethnic cuisines are represented within walking distance of 3 Vanburgh Place.

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Edinburgh EH6

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  • Chipperkyle Country House The Lowlands
  • Crookston House The Lowlands
  • The Old Millhouse The Lowlands

Other Local Activities in The Lowlands

  • Abbotsford House and Garden
  • Arbroath Abbey
  • Benmore Botanic Garden
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club
  • Bijou Bistro
  • Britannia Spice
  • Cambo Gardens
  • Craigmillar Castle
  • Culross
  • Culzean Castle & Country Park
  • Drummond Gardens
  • Duns Golf Club
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Farmers' Market
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Eyemouth Golf Club
  • Falkland Palace & Garden
  • Fishers in Leith
  • Fishpal - Fish Tweed
  • Flodden Edge Riding & Driving Centre
  • Floors Castle Gardens
  • Fruitmarket Gallery
  • Glamis Castle
  • Hawick
  • Heatherslaw Cycle Hire
  • Hirsel Golf Club
  • Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat
  • Jedburgh
  • Jedburgh Abbey
  • Kailzie Gardens
  • Kelso Races
  • Kimmerston Riding Centre
  • Leith
  • Malleny Garden
  • Manderston House
  • Mellerstain House
  • Monteviot House and Garden
  • Mount Stuart
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Nelson Monument
  • Newhailes
  • Ocean Terminal
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Pennine Way National Trail
  • Restaurant Martin Wishart
  • Roxburghe Golf Course
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Dawyck
  • Royal Yacht Brittania
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • Southern Upland Way
  • St Abbs Diving
  • St Cuthberts Way
  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • St Mary’s Cathedral
  • Suruchi Too Restaurant
  • The Cellar
  • The Collingwood Arms
  • The Cross Inn
  • The Kitchin
  • The Peat Inn
  • The Plumed Horse
  • The Scott Monument
  • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • The Seafood Restaurant at St Andrews
  • The Wheatsheaf at Swinton
  • Till Fishing
  • Traquair House
  • Tweed Guide
  • Yeavering Bell