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East Lothian

With long golden beaches, a whole host of outdoor activites and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Scotland, East Lothian is perfect for a summer's day out.

East Lothian: Scotland's sunshine coast

If you love the seaside, then a day out to East Lothian is a must: this beautiful region boasts 40 miles of beautiful coastline and some of the best beaches around. East Lothian is a haven for watersports, with a thriving surfing scene in Dunbar and fantastic sailing opportunities in North Berwick

East Lothian's seaside is a popular day out destination for Edinburgh locals, who flock to the likes of Gullane, Yellowcraig and Belhaven Bay during the warm summer weekends. Find out more about Edinburgh's seaside > 

Top attractions


Discover Scotland's favourite drink at Glenkinchie Distillery. Located in Pencaitland, Tranent, only 15 miles from Edinburgh, it's the most accessable active distillery from Scotland's capital. Learn more about the whisky distillation process and discover the history of the distillery in their fascinating museum. Of course, you can also sample a dram at the distillery bar and admission gets you £5 off a bottle if you fancy taking some home with you. They are open 10am - 4pm in winter (last entry 3pm). To make visiting even easier, a shuttle bus runs from Waterloo Place, near Waverley Station - contact the distillery for details. 

Alternatively, you can take to the skies at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Discover the history of aviation in this former airfield, covering from the First World War up until the present day. With two incredible converted hangars, you can get up close to some specatular aircraft including one of the most famous commercial jets of all time, Concorde. 


Bass Rock East Lothian

Did you know that East Lothian is home to around 60% of Europe's gannets? Make your way to Bass Rock between January and October and you'll see the largest Northern colony of gannets in the world, home to around 150,000 birds. You can find out more about these and other seabird species at the nearby Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. 

You can also discover more of East Lothian's wonderful wildlife on foot. Follow a route such as the John Muir Way through the heart of the region and you may spot gannets, hares, deer or even the odd otter or kingfisher!   


East Lothian is also home to 22 top quality golf courses, earning it the title of 'Scotland's Golf Coast'. Tee off at one of their world renowned championship links such as Muirfield, North Berwick, Gullane or Dunbar

With beautiful scenery, a wide range of courses to suit everyone's budget and rental equipment widely available, there is no better place to test your golfing skills. Find out more at

This is just a small taste of what this wonderful region has to offer. For more information and help planning your trip to East Lothian, take a look at

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