An Insider’s Guide to East Lothian: Great Days Out

This leaflet has been designed by the East Lothian Tourism Attractions Group to help visitors experience the very best of East Lothian, all within a short drive from Edinburgh city centre and only 90 minutes drive from Newcastle upon Tyne or Glasgow.

It features a map of East Lothian with 21 recommended places to visit, including some six free museums. It also includes a checklist of things to discover in the region, alongside travel tips for and details of where to find more information about East Lothian.

With a fantastic range of world-class visitor attractions, East Lothian offers some of the best days out in Scotland, right on Edinburgh’s doorstep. Surrounded by stunning coast and countryside, it is the perfect place to relax, unwind and reconnect.

Wherever they go in the region, visitors can explore ancient heritage, escape from the crowds, enjoy adrenalin filled activities, explore the natural world, discover fascinating hidden gems, enjoy unforgettable family adventures, or simply relax and experience the finer things in life.  They might even discover an Outlander film set.

Attractions featured in the leaflet include The Brunton, Dirleton Castle and Gardens, Dunbar Leisure Pool, Foxlake Adventures, Glenkinchie Distillery, Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh Racecourse, National Museum of Flight, Newhailes house (and Weehailes playpark), Preston Mill, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Seton Collegiate Church. St Mary’s Church, Tantallon Castle, Coastal Communities Museum, Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, John Gray Centre, John Muir’s Birthplace, Musselburgh Museum and the Prestongrange Museum.

The East Lothian Tourism Attractions Group is a constituted collective marketing organisation whose work promotes East Lothian as a visitor destination. The group consists of eleven members representing some of the key tourism attractions in East Lothian including Historic Environment Scotland (HES), National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Enjoy Leisure, Musselburgh Racecourse, Foxlake Adventures, East Lothian Museums, National Museum of Flight, East Coast Buses, The Brunton, Glenkinchie Distillery, the Scottish Seabird Centre and St Mary’s Church.

As the world recovers from the Covid 19 pandemic, all of the visitor attractions in the East Lothian Tourism Attractions Group are working hard to adhere to government and public health guidance so they can open safely. We advise those thinking of visiting to check direct with businesses featured in this leaflet for opening times, advance booking and any special arrangements in place.  They should also check what facilities, such as car parking and toilets, are available before they travel.

We would ask that all those visiting East Lothian, respect the region’s beautiful countryside and Love East Lothian responsibly.

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