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Full details of what to see and do and what's on throughout the region can be found at www.visiteastlothian.org.
Eric Grandison Golf School - Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady
Telephone - 0131 657 1984
A complete range of schools is offered to suit all standards from the absolute beginner to the scratch golfer. Video analysis (GASP) is used with great results where every golfer receives a personal take home DVD and swing sequence print out, together with a personalized practice programme.
For more information visit: www.ericgrandison-golfschool.com
Paul Wardell Elite Golf Academy - Whitekirk Golf & Country Club
Telephone: 01620 870300
Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished player, Paul will assist you in your quest for improvement. Paul believes it is imperative that every conceivable aspect of your game is covered in a structured way that allows you to keep enjoying your golf.
For more information visit: www.paulwardellgolf.co.uk
Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools - Archerfield Golf Links
Telephone - 07985 638367
TPEGS - is a collaboration between Ryder Cup player and European Tour Professional ANDREW COLTART and European Tour Coach GARY NICOL, whose objective, with the assistance and input of the most experienced team of top players and coaches in the UK, is to provide you with the finest Golf Learning Experience available, whether you are new to the game, a weekend golfer or an accomplished professional.
For more information visit: www.tpegs.com
Whitekirk Golf & Country Club Golf Range - Whitekirk, Near North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 870300
Large practice facility with access for members and the general public.
East Lothian Golf Range - Meadowmill Sports Complex, Tranent
Telephone - 01875 616100
Meadowmill is a modern purpose built range in excess of 300 yards long, set in an elevated position, which enables a full view of your golf shots. There are 24 floodlit covered bays with ‘Pro Turf’ easy hitting range mats and top quality two piece balls. Open 7 days a week and there is a Pro shop, Club hire and a spacious café overlooking the range where you can relax and enjoy refreshments and snacks.
There are three six hole golf courses in East Lothian which are used by local children and are open to visitors (children). As the signs in Gullane state ‘Adults must be accompanied by a child’.
North Berwick Children’s Course - South Hamilton Road, North Berwick
Nine hole course can be accessed from South Hamilton Road next to the Marine Hotel in North Berwick. To purchase a ticket please go to the Professionals shop (Martyn Huish), opposite the clubhouse.
Children under 16 years £2.00 for 18 holes.
Guardian/Parent £2.00 for 18 holes.
Annual ticket 13 to 15 years old £20.00
Under 12’s £10.00
Pitch & Putt - East Links, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 892080
Open April - September. Two putting courses, six tennis courts and a petanque terrain make the East Links very popular with families during the summer months.
Fisherrow Links - New Street, Musselburgh
Telephone - 0131 665 3913
Open April to September. A nine hole pitch and putt course and two ‘pay as you play’ bowling greens.
Polson Park - Edinburgh Road, Tranent
Telephone - 01875 612994
Open April to September. In corner of this lovely park there are 3 tennis courts, a bowling green and a 9 hole putting course.
Dirleton Castle and Garden - Dirleton (Historic Scotland)
Telephone - 01620 850 330
Website - Dirleton Castle
A beautiful 13th century castle which is complemented by an impeccably maintained garden and doocot within its grounds. The renowned gardens include an arts and crafts herbaceous border and victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guiness Book of Records as the world's longest. Open all year.
Hailes Castle - Off A1, East of Haddington (Historic Scotland)
Website - Hailes Castle
Situated between Haddington and East Linton beneath Traprain law is the 13th century Hailes Castle, hidden deep in the valley of the River Tyne. Originally a small stone manor house, it was extended by the Hepburn family who were later better known as the Earls of Bothwell. Mary Queen of Scots stopped there on her way to Dunbar with the 4th Earl of Bothwell after the murder of her husband Darnley. Open all year.
Tantallon Castle - Off A198, Nr North Berwick (Historic Scotland)
Website - Tantallon Castle
A stunning 14th century castle set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock with spectacular views across the Firth of Forth. This formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. It features earthwork defences and a massive 50ft high, 14th century curtain wall with towers. Displays include a replica gun. Open all year - closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays.
Lennoxlove House - Off B6369, South of Haddington
Telephone - 01620 823720
Website - www.lennoxlove.org
Home of the Duke of Hamilton. Extensive collection of paintings and objets d'art. Many connections with the House of Stewart and objects on display include the death-mask of Mary, Queen of Scots. Open to the public from Easter to October – Tours between 2pm and 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Saturdays by prior arrangement.
Winton House - Off B6355, Pencaitland
Telephone - 01620 824986
Website - www.wintonhouse.co.uk
A 15th century tower house, restored palatially by The King's Master Mason with famous stone twisted chimneys, magnificent plaster ceilings and still a family home after 500 years. It is a beautiful example of Scottish renaissance architecture. Unique stone carving and fine collection of furniture. Viewing by prior arrangement from the factors, Chalmers & Co.
Newhailes House - Newhailes Road, Musselburgh (The National Trust for Scotland)
Enquiry Line - 0131 665 1546
Booking line - 0131 653 5599
Website - www.nts.org.uk
A fine Palladian villa recently restored by The National Trust for Scotland. For conservation reasons, visitor numbers to the house will be restricted and advance booking is essential to ensure a place on the special tours, which take place Thursday to Monday in the afternoons.
Gosford House - Off A198, Longniddry
Telephone - 01875 870201
Original Robert Adam mansion with later additions. Extensive landscaped grounds.
Throughout East Lothian there are a number of interesting and historic churches. Some which may be of interest are Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire, Scotland’s national flag; Dunglass Collegiate Church, which was founded in 1450; Whitekirk Church, famed for pilgramages, and Yester Parish Church which dates from 1708.
St. Mary's Parish Church - Sidegate, Haddington.
Telephone - 01620 825111 (other times contact 01620 823109)
Website - www.stmaryskirk.com
14th Century church built on the scale of cathedral. Tea-room, gift shop, brass-rubbing. Guided tours during the summer months. Open April to September.
Seton Collegiate Church - Near Cockenzie (Historic Scotland)
Telephone - 01875 813334
Website - Seton Collegiate Church
South East of Cockenzie off the A198, this is an important ecclesiastical monument of the late 15th century, with a fine vaulted apse. Open all year.
Inveresk Lodge Garden - 24 Inveresk Village, Musselburgh (The National Trust for Scotland)
Telephone - 01875 813334
Website - www.nts.org.uk
A visit to this inviting terraced garden in the historic village of Inveresk entices visitors with its colourful herbaceous border and variety of attractive shrubs and a collection of old roses. Noted for its colourful summer and autumn displays. Open Monday to Friday and Sundady only, during November to March. Admission times are 10.00am to 4.30pm, from March to October admission times are 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Preston Tower and Gardens - Prestonpans
Telephone - 01875 813334
15th Century tower house with renaissance additions. The gardens and doocot have been restored with elements of 17th and 18th century Scottish gardens including a laburnum arch, clipped yew hedges and herb garden. Open throughout the year. For access to tower see notice at gate.
St Mary’s Pleasance Gardens - Sidegate, Haddington
The walled garden of the 17th Century house (house not open to the public) is maintained as an old Scottish garden of the same period by the Haddington Garden Trust. Open throughout the year.
The Heritage of Golf Museum - West Links Road, Gullane
Telephone - 01875 870277
The visitor can see the simple beginnings, the natural materials and the craft and skill of the early makers; some successes and failures in early experiments and the beginnings of the modern game through to the present day. Situated next to Pro Shop in Gullane. Open by prior arrangement.
Myreton Motor Museum - Off A198, Aberlady
Telephone - 01875 870288
Website - www.nts.org.uk
Extensive collection dating from 1896, of cars, motor cyles, commercials and Second World War military vehicles. Open every day from 10.00am except Christmas Day.
East Lothian Council Museum Service
For information on the museums managed by East Lothian Council Lothian, visit, www.eastlothianmuseums.org
Preston Mill - Off B1407 by East Linton (The National Trust for Scotland)
Telephone - 01620 860426
Website - www.nts.org.uk
Picturesque water mill maintained in working order, was still used commercially until 1959. Exhibition on milling and display on history of Preston Mill and the people who lived and worked there. Guided tours. Phantassie Doocot, a short walk away, once held 500 birds. Open April to September and weekends in October.
Peter Potter Gallery - 10 The Sands, Haddington
Telephone - 01620 822080
Exhibitions of work by mainly Scottish artists and crafts people. Wide range of crafts including prints, ceramics, jewellery, glass and woodcarving. Coffee shop upstairs.
Westgate Gallery - 39-41 Westgate, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 894976
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.westgate-gallery.co.uk
Exhibitions by leading artists and craftspeople. Golf prints and local scenes a speciality. Coffee shop in gallery.
Aubigny Sports Centre - Mill Wynd, Haddington EH41 4DB
Telephone - 01620 826800
Web page: Aubigny Sports Centre
Sports centre with swimming pool, teaching pool, health suite, dance studio, sports hall, bodyworks gym and café. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 10.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Dunbar Leisure Pool - Castlepark, Dunbar EH42 1EU
Telephone - 01368 865456
Web page: Dunbar Leisure Pool
Leisure pool with flume, waves, bubbles, shallow beach area and café with spectacular views. Open Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 9.00pm.
Loch Centre - Loch Road, Tranent EH33 2JX
Telephone - 01875 611081
Web page: Loch Centre
Sports centre with swimming pool, health suite, bodyworks gym, games hall and café. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.30pm and Saturday to Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm.
Meadowmill Sports Centre - Meadowmill, Tranent EH33 1LZ
Telephone - 01875 614900
Web page: Meadowmill Sports Centre
Sports centre with gym and weights room. Sports pitches including one all weather pitch and one floodlit pitch. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Musselburgh Sports Centre - Newbigging, Musselburgh
Telephone - 0131 653 6367
Web page: Musselburgh Sports Centre
Sports centre with swimming pool, health suite, sports hall, squash courts, bodyworks gym and café. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm.
North Berwick Sports Centre - Grange Road, North Berwick EH39 4QS
Telephone - 01620 893454
Web page: North Berwick Sports Centre
Sports centre with swimming pool, health suite, gym, trampolines, squash courts and café. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Mavis Hall Park Ltd - Humbie
Telephone - 01875 833733
Website - www.mavishallpark.co.uk
Tailor made activities package to suit your requirements for groups of any size. Activities include clay pigeon shooting, off-road driving, quadbikes, archery, highland games and team building events. Visit the website to find out more.
Venturing Out - Tranent
Telephone: 07980 000587
Venturing Out is a Lothian’s based provider of adventurous outdoor activities.
The Lothian’s offer an abundance of natural environments for us to venture out and enjoy. With over 40 miles of magnificent coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside and flourishing forestry and wildlife it’s no wonder that many are realising the potential of a healthy lifestyle outdoors.
Venturing Out works with a wide range of clients for a variety of purposes and specializes in bespoke activity sessions and programmes.
They hold an Adventurous Activities Licence and have a comprehensive insurance policy.
Scottish Archery Centre - Fenton Barns, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 850401
Website - www.scottisharcherycentre.co.uk
Open by arrangement. Visitors can try archery crossbow and air rifle all indoors. Visit our small museum. All disciplines under supervision and instruction.
There are many well marked cycle paths, routes and networks across the county allowing safe and enjoyable cycling for all abilities. Ordnance Survey maps – Landranger 66 and 67 will give you comprehensive information to help plan routes with paths and tourist sites clearly marked.
There are specific cycle tour maps that have planned routes to follow. Below are two, which feature recommended routes in East Lothian -
Cycling in Edinburgh & South East Scotland (Collins) 2001
Cycle Tours around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders (Philips) Nick Cotton 2002
Below are websites containing practical information on cycling in Scotland -
East Lothian offers both fresh water and sea fishing.
Hopes Reserviour - Near Gifford
Telephone - 01620 810244 (Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm)
Permits available from Goblin Ha’ Hotel
Brown Trout - Open Monday to Sunday. Boat season March to September.
Markle Fisheries - Markle, East Linton
Telephone - 01620 861213
Website - www.marklefisheries.com
Email - email@example.com
Three spring fed lochs offering bank fly-fishing, stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout. Also new course fishert.
River Tyne - Haddington
For extensive information on permits, maps, advice and news related to fishing on the River Tyne, please visit the East Lothian Angling Association's website at www.elaa.co.uk.
Dunbar Harbour - Harbour Master
Telephone - 01368 865404
Telephone 01368 864441
Fishing boat trip operates from Dunbar harbour - seasonal spring to late autumn. Party size maximum of 12. Boat hire is available. Rods and bait can be supplied at extra charge.
North Berwick Harbour - Harbour Master
Telephone - 01620 893333
Appin Equestrian Centre - Drem, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 880366
British Horse Society approved equestrian centre. Large indoor arena, qualified staff, quality tuition at all levels, novice, dressage/show jumping lessons, private or class to suit individual requirements on well schooled horses/ponies.
Harelaw Equestrian Centre - No. 2 Harelaw Farm Cottages, Harelaw, Longniddry
Telephone - 01875 853559
Treking, hacking, tuition specialising in beach rides for experienced riders.
Whiteloch Farm Riding & Trekking Stables - Whiteloch Farm, Macmerry
Telephone - 01875 613662
Riding instruction for all standards. Particularly welcoming to novice and nervous riders.
We have a well deserved reputation for being experienced, safe and friendly, our horses and ponies have also earned that reputation.
Trekking and riding in Scotland website
Website - www.ridinginscotland.com
East Lothian has an excellent network of paths, bridal ways, cycle routes along the coastline and inland. 43 miles of magnificent coastline from South of Dunbar to Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh. Five Blue Flag awarded beaches making East Lothian one of Scotland’s cleanest coastlines. In addition the surrounding countryside is criss-crossed with paths and woodland and accessible walking in the Lammermuir Hills.
Ranger Walks East Lothian Council puts together a programme of outdoor activities. For information on organised walks and other activities please telephone 01620 827421.
Below are some recommended walks. These walks were compiled by Jim Crumley, and were published in a handy booklet called ‘Short Walks in East Lothian’. Unfortunately, the guide is out of print, but luckily the walks are not. To help you please use an Ordnance Survey map – 2 maps Landranger 66 and 67.
The High Ground
There are a number of water sport activities that take place along the East Lothian coastline. It is always recommended that tide times and weather conditions be checked before venturing out. Listed below are some of the popular beaches and coast areas of East Lothian.
Coast to Coast Adventure Sports
Telephone - 07971 990361
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coast to Coast offers you lessons in the art of surf riding. Based immediately on the coast in East Lothian we open seven days a week (depending on swell) and offer instruction in both surf riding and body boarding.
Dunbar Harbour - Harbour Master
Telephone - 01368 865404
Popular with skin divers in the summer months.
Gullane Bents has an impressive sandy beach backed by a wide expanse of dunes. The area has been popular since the start of the last Century. Gullane Bents is suitable for all wheelchair users with assistance. The interpretive boards can also be enjoyed by the visually impaired.
John Muir Country Park and Beach
A wide variety of outdoor activities take place at John Muir Country Park. Angling, Cylcing, Horse riding, Kit Flying, Running, Surfing, Walking, Windsurfing.
Longniddry Bents is a mecca for windsurfing.
Musselburgh / Fisherrow Harbour - Fisherrow Yacht Club
Telephone - 0131 665 3155
Sailing, Dinghies, Water-skiing and Windsurfing all take place here.
North Berwick Harbour and Beach - Harbour Master
Telephone - 01620 893333
The beach area south of the harbour is ideal for families. There is a small paddling pool to the left of the beach, next to the Seabird centre, popular in the summer months.
The Bass Rock - Bass Rock and Craigleith Boat Trip, North Berwick Harbour
Telephone 01620 892838
The Bass Rock, lying 2 miles off the North Berwick Coastline, is without doubt one of the most dramatic geological features in the United Kingdom. 350 feet of sheer cliff is composed of igneous rock formed in the volcanic era. The Bass Rock can be circumnavigated by a summer boat service, from North Berwick harbour, which provides an opportunity to inspect the birds at closer quarters.
To the east of Tantallon on the A198 is Seacliff Bay, one of the most attractive and secluded coastal areas in the district. The owner has provided facilities and a fee is levied for cars. From the beach there are views of the ‘smallest harbour in Britain’ and the Bass Rock.
Whitesands & Thorntonloch
Beyond Dunbar lies a 4 mile stretch of coastline from Whitesands to Thorntonloch. Skateraw the Torness Coastal Walkway to Thorntonloch.
On the coast 2 miles west of North Berwick the lands of Yellowcraig have developed into a natural coastal park of 94 acres. The area has a barbecue site (pre-bookable) and provides an opportunity to see a variety of habitats, including mature and recently established woodlands, dunes, links seashore and rocky outcrops. A nature trail runs up the east side of Yellowcraig.
Belhaven Brewery - Dunbar
Telephone - 01368 869201
Website - www.belhaven.co.uk
Guided tour of Scotland’s oldest surviving brewery dating back to 1719. Booking in advance is essential, either by telephone or you can book online.
East Links Family Park - Off A1087 heading into Dunbar
Telephone - 01368 863607
Website - www.eastlinks.co.uk
Learn about farming in a fun environment, there are many opportunities to see farm animals close at hand. Giant maze, train safari, tractor and trailer ride. Also, soft play, indoor play area and adventure playground. Open all year, open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The Flag Heritage Centre - Main Street, Athelstaneford
Telephone - 01368 880297
Athestaneford is the birthplace of Scotland's national flag - the St. Andrews Cross or ‘Saltire’. The Saltire Memorial where a flag is flown permanently (floodlit at night). Open daily from April to September.
Glenkinchie Distillery Visitor Centre -Pencaitland
Telephone - 01875 342004
Website - www.malts.com
An exhibition of malt whisky is housed in the listed red brick building where you can enjoy a complementary dram in the distillery bar. Guided tours demonstrate the whole process in the making of whisky. Open throughout the year.
Raceland - Karting - Upper Diamond, Gladsmuir EH33 1EJ
Telephone - 0131 665 6525
Website - www.raceland.co.uk
Indoor and outdoor karting circuits. Hire karts to suit juniors and adults. Visitors and spectators welcome. Groups large and small, corporate event specialists.
Museum of Flight - East Fortune Airfield
Telephone - 01620 880308
Website - www.nms.ac.uk/flight/
Fascinating collection of aircraft, including Concorde, showing the history of aviation from airships to modern jet. Open throughout the year. Late opening July and August until 6.00pm.
Musselburgh Racecourse - Linkfield Road, Musselburgh
Telephone - 0131 665 2859
Website - www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk
Hosts over 20 race days throughout the year – both Flat and National Hunt meetings. View website for fixture list.
Scottish Seabird Centre - The Harbour, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 890202
Website - www.seabird.org
Each year over 150,000 seabirds nest on the islands of the Firth of Forth, off the North Berwick coast, including more than 8,000 gannets on the Bass Rock. You can control remote cameras to explore the fascinating world of these amazing creatures. Open throughout the year.
Dunbar - Gateway to county from the South
Telephone - 01368 863353
Tourist Information Centre on Dunbar High Street.
Telephone - 01620 892197
The Tourist Information Centre is open all year and can provide information on all aspects of the area.
Coastal Trail - 31 miles from Dunbar to Musselburgh
The coastal trail hugs the shoreline of the Firth of Forth passing popular beaches, cliffs packed with noisy seagulls and countless first class golf courses.
Hillfoots Trail - 27 miles from to Dunbar to Musselburgh
Skirting the lower slopes of the Lammermuir Hills, the Hillfoot Trail passes through timeless conservation villages on its way to one of Scotland’s famous whisky distilleries – Glenkinchie.
Saltire Trail - 27 miles from Dunbar to Musselburgh
The Saltire Trail links important historic sites and major visitor attractions while meandering through rich farmland.
To get detailed information on these trails please call North Berwick Tourist Information Centre on 01620 892197 and ask for the Welcome to East Lothian leaflet.
Recommended all-purpose maps with Tourist Information Ordnance Survey Maps - www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
Go Forth Tours - Be prepared for something different. In spacious luxury with only six guests, you will be chauffeured by a very knowledgeable local sharing insider stories and hidden corners, taking time to stop and let you explore.
Telephone - 07814 666082
Website - www.goforthtours.co.uk
2 Wheel Tours - If you are visiting Edinburgh or East Lothian and are looking for a fun, interesting and active day out, why not join 2 Wheel Tours on one of our guided bike tours?
Telephone - 07932 676841
Website - www.2wheel-tours.com
FatBike Tours - FatBike Tours was borne out of the coming together of three cycling enthusiasts, one very special bike and a beautiful, unique stretch of coastline.
Telephone - 01620 890643
Website - fatbiketours.co.uk
Sula Boat Trips - Boat Trips from North Berwick around Bass Rock, Fidra and Craigleith onboard Sula II, the traditional launch that provides sailings from North Berwick harbour to the world famous Bass Rock, Craigleith (“The Craig”) and to Fidra.
Telephone - 01620 880770
Website - www.sulaboattrips.co.uk