With a history that predates the written record, covered in ruins from another time, and decorated with more “modern” castles and estates, Scotland is a land fit for fairytales. It’s beautiful and enchanting. This is particularly true of the country’s South East, the regions of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders that sit between Edinburgh and the border with England.

This film lovingly captures the allure South East Scotland has on the imagination — emerald hills flanking stone fortresses, mist-filled forests crisscrossed with ancient trails ready for exploring. It doesn’t seem real, but here’s the thing: Scotland and its mountains, castles, and villages are very much real and easy to visit. Check out the video below and start planning your dream trip to Scotland.

This video is proudly produced in partnership with VisitScotland.