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Soutra Aisle

Door open days

8 September 2018 (1100 to 1600 hrs)


Soutra Aisle, dated 1686, is a family burial vault constructed when the Scottish church banned monuments inside churches. It features ornately carved medieval stone and has been thoroughly investigated and beautifully restored.

The Aisle marks the largest and best endowed hospital in medieval Scotland and has been the focus of a unique archaeo-medical investigation since 1986. At 1200 ft. altitude this was the highest monastery in the British Isles – with magnificent views... so dress warmly!


Key Information

Building Date: 1686

On Doors Open Day the unlocked crypt can be explored.

Guided tours by Director of Unique Archaeo-medical Investigations.  No pre-booking necessary.

Parking available nearby; disabled access from car park gate.

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Where to find us

  • 8 miles South of Dalkeith
  • Off A68/A7 on B6368
  • EH37 5TF is nearest postcode + site has tourist sign
  • EH37 5TF