Midlothian - From Wildlife to Exotic Castles
Located at the northwestern part of Europe, Scotland is without a doubt one the most representative countries of the UK. It is formed by a total of thirty-two unitary regions, which in turn represent the thirty-two local authorities of the country. Out of them, the unitary council of Midlothian stands out as one of the most beautiful places not only of Scotland, but also of the whole Europe.
Midlothian is bounded by South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders, East Lothian, the City of Edinburgh and West Lothian. On a curious note, not many years ago there was another county of the same name in which the city of Edinburgh was included and that was called Edinburghshire. Since the year 1996, Midlothian became the very same council we now nowadays.
Among its many features, Midlothian is considered to have one the most beautiful countrysides in the whole world, especially in the area surrounding the limits with the Scottish Borders. And as you might have guessed, such a beautiful area didn't just came into possession of the locals without any kind of sacrifice. In fact, for more than half a millennium it was one of the most contested regions. A clear evidence of that is the very existence of the Dalhousie Castle just south from Edinburgh, which possession was disputed for decades due to it strategic location.
Along this castle, there exist many other ruins and constructions of old that preserve the memory of heroic deeds as well as providing tourist with a deeper insight into the surprisingly rich tradition of Midlothian. One of these monuments is the Roslyn Chapel. Erected over a century after the renowned hero William Wallace fought in a place nearby, the Roslyn Chapel serves as a memory of the events that happened there. But its beauty and tradition is such that it stands on its own as a place for tourists, poets, writers and anyone who looks for inspiration.
However, no matter how many sites you visit in Midlothian, there is another one that represents the spirit of the progress of the place. It is the Scottish Mining Museum, and even if not as romantic as many other castles or exotic locations of Midlothian, it still manages to guide the visitor through the origins and history of the locals from a different perspective.
Lastly, the wildlife habitat of Midlothian is also worth mentioning, especially since the rest of the sites might draw all the attention of its visitors. And the best way to appreciate Midlothian’s wildlife is by heading for the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, for the rolling farmlands and also for the gorse-covered slopes by Pathhead and Crichton Castle.
Like many other secluded places in Scotland, Midlothian seems to have disappeared in the middle time and nature, while at the same time being at the center of the most recent multicultural advances. This, if anything, makes of Midlothian and even more interesting place to consider.
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