You will undoubtedly discover things to do in East Lothian that you never associated with a trip to a capital city. Such is the level of diversity and rural beauty here, that you may find it difficult to believe that you are still within touching distance of Edinburgh city centre. If you are holidaying with the family, then East Lothian is a must visit; easily accessible from the town and offering a wide range of alternative activities that will appeal to all ages and interests.
East Lothian is blessed with over 40 miles of spectacular coastline, much of which is made up by stunning golden sands. The North Sea may not be the warmest, but the beaches are beautiful and clean. Along the coast there are several water sports centres where you can hire equipment or take tuition for scuba diving, kite surfing and everything in between.
The seashore also plays host to some of Scotland’s finest golf courses, including the Open Championship course at Muirfield and The Old Course at Musselburgh Links, reputedly the world’s oldest golf club. If watching sport is more your thing than taking part, then why not take a punt on the horses at Musselburgh Racecourse?
It’s not all about exercise and sport though. Other highlights in the area include the Scottish Seabird Centre, the National Museum of Flight and one of Scotland’s three Lowland whisky distilleries still in operation at Glenkinchie. The historians amongst you might be interested to know that East Lothian is the home of some of Scotland’s oldest archaeological remains, and there are plenty interesting historical sites in the area.