The Lothians

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The Lothians is the collective name given to the three counties of Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian in Scotland.


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  • Edinburgh — The Lothians' one major city and the capital of Scotland
  • Aberlady — a quaint seaside village
  • Dalkeith — the main town in the former mining area of Midlothian
  • Dunbar — harbour town popular with American tourists due to its links with the conservationist John Muir
  • Gullane — seaside village and golfing mecca.
  • Haddington — picturesque market town and the county town of East Lothian
  • Linlithgow — historic West Lothian town and the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Livingston a new town from the 1960s 15 miles West of Edinburgh
  • Musselburgh a seaside town on the Eastern edge of Edinburgh
  • North Berwick — small harbour town with internationally important seabird nesting sites
  • Roslin — a village, home to that chapel from the Da Vinci Code
  • South Queensferry near the Forth Rail and Road Bridges

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Edinburgh and Dunbar are the main brewing centres in the Lothians. Edinburgh has a long tradition of brewing but now only the Caledonian Brewery remains, which brews Caledonian 80/- (eighty shilling), Deuchars IPA (India Pale Ale) and some McEwan's beers (most are now brewed in England). Stewart Brewing is a small brewery in Loanhead just south of Edinburgh. Dunbar is home to Belhaven Brewery and Thistly Cross Cider.

Grain whisky is distilled in Edinburgh for blending, and Glenkinchie Distillery in Pencaitland near Edinburgh distils malt whisky. Gin is distilled in Edinburgh and North Berwick.

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