Discover Soutra’s medieval past

The medieval hospital Soutra Aisle
The medieval hospital Soutra Aisle

One of Midlothian’s most historic sites will be holding a series of open days this year.

Soutra Aisle, once a medieval hospital, will be open to the public tomorrow (Saturday, April 15), Sunday (April 16) and Monday (April 17) at 2pm.

Investigations at the remote site began 30 years ago uncovering a wealth of archaeo-medical information. The hospital was first heard of in 1164 and continued for around a further 500 years.

Situated midway between Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders abbeys, Soutra boasts majestic views of the Firth of Forth as well as the Pentlands, Ochils, Sidlaws, Lomonds and on a clear day, the Highland and Grampian peaks can be seen.

Soutra Aisle (EH37 5TF) is eight miles south of Dalkeith, off the A68 on B6368. It is signposted before the snowgates.