Culture & Heritage

East Lothian hides a piece of history and heritage all across the county that the past is everywhere you look.

The county has rich traditional culture much of which still lives and breathes through the sites and scenery. East Lothian is a mainly rural area with a large coastal plain mostly given over to intensive arable farming. The coastline is a very important wildlife area, which also has a high level of recreational use. Discover ancient sites, castles and historic battle grounds, or stop off at one of the breathtaking historic churches. There is also an industrial heritage with much of the eastern part of the county reflecting previous mining activity. The wealth of accessible heritage attractions will keep history enthusiasts entertained. Museums and art galleries provide an educational insight of East Lothianís culture, history and contemporary themes that will leave the arts and culture buffs completely satisfied. If photography is your thing, whether you are a professional or amateur, walk away with images that do justice to the countyís panoramic landscaped and world-class attractions.


Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

2017 is Scotland's Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017 and work will build on the momentum generated by the previous years of Innovation, Architecture & Design, Food & Drink and Homecoming Scotland.  To celebrate and showcase East Lothian's rich history and heritage, we will be running a range of events and activities around East Lothian.  Keep watching this space for further information or join the conversation on Twitter using #HHA2017.  

Here is a flavour of some events taking place around the county.

1st-17th Sept - In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight celebrates the richness of East Lothian's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting events throughout the county.  There are events to get everyone involved, including guided walks, illustrated talks, excavations, and lots more.  The Fortnight is organised annually by East Lothian Council's Archaeology Service. The programme can be downloaded here.

2nd July & 10th Sept - Living History - Costumed interpretation and guided tour of Newhailes house.

2nd & 3rd Sept - Dig Newhailes - Get your hands dirty and take part in an archaeological dig with NTS archaeologist, Daniel Rhodes.

16th Sept - Treasure Trove at Newhailes - Bring in those dusty historic items in your attic to be assessed by an expert!

16th & 17th Sept - Battle of Pinkie - Fascinating battle re-enactment by Scottish Battlefields Trust with camp and stalls