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Golf School

Eric Grandison Golf School
Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady.
Telephone - +44 (0)131 657 1984.
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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.

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Culture & Arts

Dirleton Castle and Garden
Dirleton (Historic Scotland)
Telephone - 01620 850 330
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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. Summer opening in July.

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Inveresk Lodge Garden
24 Inveresk Village, Musselburgh (The National Trust for Scotland)
Telephone - 01875 813334
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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
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.

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Museums & Galleries

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
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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,

Dunbar Town House Museum
High Street, Dunbar
Telephone - 01368 863734
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The historic Dunbar Town House is home to an exciting archaeology and local history centre. A display of photographs brought together by the local history centre, gives a fascinating insight into the Royal Burgh's past. Open daily 12.30pm to 4.30pm from April to October, weekends only, 2pm to 4.30pm, November to March.

Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum
On B1348 by Prestonpans.
Telephone - 0131 653 2904
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Former colliery with extensive displays and exhibitions. From the Visitor Centre enjoy free guided tours of the site (or tour the site on your own with an audio tour - downloadable from the web site). the site includes a now rare Hoffman brick kiln and a Cornish Beam Engine, unique in Scotland. Locomotive days in summer. Museum buildings open daily 11am to 4pm, April to October - site open all year.

John Muir House - John Muir Birthplace
Telephone - 01368 865899
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John Muir's life and work has inspired people all over the world. Now the Dunbar birthplace of the pioneering conservationist has been transformed into a new visitor attraction. The stunning interpretative centre highlights the work and achievements of this remarkable man. Open daily 10am to 5pm Monday - Saturday, 1pm to 5pm Sunday
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays November to March.

Preston Mill
Off B1407 by East Linton (The National Trust for Scotland)
Telephone - 01620 860426
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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.

Stenton Gallery
Telephone - 01368 850256
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Widely known for its coverage of contemporary arts and crafts, attracting visitors from far and wide, and artists throughout Scotland. Full details of exhibition programme can be found on the website or by telephone (24 hours).

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
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Exhibitions by leading artists and craftspeople. Golf prints and local scenes a speciality. Coffee shop in gallery.

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Swimming Pools & Sports Centres

Aubigny Sports Centre
Mill Wynd, Haddington EH41 4DB
Telephone - 01620 826800

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Scottish Archery Centre
Fenton Barns, North Berwick
Telephone - 01620 850401
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Open by arrangement. Visitors can try archery crossbow and air rifle all indoors. Visit our small museum. All disciplines under supervision and instruction.

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Outdoor Activities
Golf Holidays & Short Breaks

Scottish-Golf offers a comprehensive range of golf tours to Scotland "The Home of Golf". Whether you are looking to choose a Short Golf Break, VIP Golf Tour, Self Drive Golf Tour, Golf School Holiday or you wish to customise your own, look no further than Scottish-Golf Tours to personally and professionally cater for all your needs. We take care of everything: hotel booking, arrange starting times, car hire, transportation, golf school bookings and can advise on evening entertainments. You tell us what you want and we'll make it happen!  More about Scottish-Golf

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Golf Tuition

At the Eric Grandison Golf School you will be given expert, personal "hands on" instruction specially tailored to your individual needs and goals, taking your game to an entirely new level and enhancing your enjoyment of this great game.  More about the Eric Grandison Golf School.

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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
  • Tranent and Pencaitland easy/24km (15miles)
  • Holyrood/Musselburgh/Portobello easy/25km (15.5m)
  • Musselburgh to Haddington moderate/53km (33m)
  • Dunbar to Haddington strenuous/55km (34m)
  • North Berwick moderate/61km (38m)
  • Dalkeith, Gifford, Lammermuir Hills moderate/64km (40m)

Cycle Tours around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders (Philips) Nick Cotton 2002 ·

  • Haddington to North Berwick easy/48km (30m)
  • Dunbar to the Lammermuir Hills strenuous/51km (32m)

Below are websites containing practical information on cycling in Scotland -

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Fishing - Fresh Water 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
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Three spring fed lochs offering bank fly-fishing, stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout. Also new course fishert.

River Tyne

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

Fishing - Sea Fishing

Dunbar Harbour
Harbour Master
Telephone - 01368 865404

'Fisher Lassie'
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

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Horse Riding

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
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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 Coast

  • Musselburgh - Levenhall Links
  • Prestonpans Tide path
  • North Berwick and the Bass Rock
  • Dunbar to Hedderwick and East Linton
  • White Sands to Thorntonloch

The Heartland

  • Pencaitland Railway
  • Haddington and the Tyne
  • Haddington and Longniddry Railway
  • Hailes Castle to Traprain Law

The High Ground

  • Pressmennan Wood
  • The Lammermuir Hills


  • Traprain Law - Traprain Law is one of East Lothian’s best-known landmarks. The site is the largest hill fort in Scotland and is second only in size to that of Maiden Castle in Dorset, England.
  • North Berwick Law - A prominent landmark is North Berwick Law. A conical hill 613 feet in height, which provides a marvellous view of the coast and countryside. A tall arch formed from the jawbone of a whale surmounts the Law.
  • John Muir Country Park - This parkland and beach area is one part of East Lothian that must be visited. The views are stunning any time of the year.

    733 hectare Country Park extends 8½ miles from Dunbar Castle along the cliffs. There is a cliff top trail taking you from Dunbar Harbour to Winterfield Golf Course and then leading on to the park itself.

    During the summer months the Countryside Ranger guides groups along the trail and at all times there are guide posts which help people to appreciate the magnificent views to the Isle of May, the Bass Rock and the hills to the South.
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Water Sports

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
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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
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
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.

Seacliff Beach
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.

Yellowcraig Beach
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.

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Visitor Attractions

Belhaven Brewery
Telephone - 01368 869201
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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
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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
Telephone - 01875 342004
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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East Lothian Tourist Car Touring Trail

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.

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