Welcome to East Lothian

With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, we have the best of Scotland! It may feel like a million miles away, but it’s only minutes from Edinburgh. East Lothian is not only a great place to visit, it is a great place to live and work. Have a look at just some of the things that make this a wonderful place.

The Saltire Festival

The Saltire Festival is back for 2017, to celebrate St. Andrews Day, bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag!

Visitors can discover all that Scotland has to offer; our beautiful outdoors and stunning coastal landscape; delicious food & drink, created with the finest local produce; a long history and fascinating heritage; and hugely entertaining music, arts and comedy.

With events to suit everyone, this is a St. Andrew's Day celebration for all the family.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

Find out what’s happening in East Lothian with events and festivals that attract people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage and wonderful culture featuring the best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation, sport and entertainment.

26
Nov
Man at Arms Weapon Walk
Sunday 26th November 2017
1:30pm-2:30pm
Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

30-3
Nov-Dec
Saltire Festival
Thursday 30th November-Sunday 3rd December 2017
Throughout East Lothian

The Saltire Festival is back for 2017 to celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation and entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

30-2
Nov-Dec
Night Time Zip-Lining at Foxlake
Thursday 30th November-Saturday 2nd December 2017
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

Take the challenge on Foxlake's brand new Zipline trail for 3 nights only this winter, participants get the chance to fly through the woods - IN THE DARK!.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
Saltire Raceday
Thursday 30th November 2017
11:00am-3:35pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Celebrate the run up to St Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing. Racegoers packages are available so treat yourself to a great day out and take up position close to one of the hurdles or fences as the horses speed past. Racing afternoons are popular for corporate hospitality or something to consider for a Christmas party with a difference.  View here for more information.

30
Nov
Scotland on Film
Thursday 30th November 2017
2:30pm-4:30pm
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

A celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in Scotland with the screening of Tommy's Honour based on the dramatic true story of Tom Morris and young Tom Morris, the dynamic father and son team who ushered the game of golf.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
St Andrew's Day Trad Fest
Thursday 30th November 2017
7:00pm-9:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

An evening celebrating Scotland's traditional music with Breabach, Barluath & East Lothian Massed Pipes & Drums performing under the amazing backdrop of Concorde.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
Scotland on Film
Thursday 30th November 2017
7:30pm-9:00pm
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

A celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in Scotland with the screening of Churchill, a British historical war drama about the actions of Winston Churchill in the hours leading up to D-Day.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
Prestonpans Battlefield by Night
Thursday 30th November 2017
7:30pm-10:00pm
Meet at Meadowmill Car Park, Tranent

Join battlefield historian, Arran Johnston, for an evening exploration of Prestonpans Battlefield, uncovering the forgotten story of the events that took place the night before the main battle.  Visit here for more information.

1-30
Dec
Exhibition - Treasured Memories
Friday 1st December-Saturday 30th December 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Coastal Communities Museum, School Road, North Berwick

An array of artefacts, sparking personal memories relating to events in the history, heritage and social culture of the local area.  Involve the whole family - grandparents can revisit bygone days, mums and dads their youth, while the kids can explore Treasure Island.  Visit here for more information.

1-2
Dec
Saltire Festival Craft Activities
Friday 1st December-Saturday 2nd December 2017
2:00pm-4:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

A range of drop-in craft activities on offer to celebrate the Saltire Festival including dry felt, glass painting, celtic design & soap carving all with a Scottish theme.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
The Saltire Candlelight Concert
Friday 1st December 2017
7:00pm-9:00pm
Chalmers Memorial Church, Port Seton

An evening lit only by candlelight featuring beautiful music from Scotland's finest musicians, Rura & Joy Dunlop.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
Skerryvore - The Saltire Live
Friday 1st December 2017
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

Expect blazing bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock instruments as the 'boy band of Scottish traditional music' play live.  Visit here for more information.

2
Dec
Daniel Sloss: NOW
Saturday 2nd December 2017
8:00pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

The Scottish comedian and recent recipient of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival 'Best of the Fest' International Award, present his latest show.  Visit here for more information.

3
Dec
Saltire Festival Activities
Sunday 3rd December 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

A range of drop-in craft activities on offer to celebrate the Saltire Festival including dry felt, glass painting, celtic design & soap carving all with a Scottish theme.  Visit here for more information.

3
Dec
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Sunday 3rd December 2017
2:30pm-4:30pm
Maitlandfield House Hotel, Sidegate, Haddington

Cracking entertainment for children over the age of six and their families - but without the rude bits.  Visit www.saltirefestival.com for more information.

3
Dec
Craig Hill & Friends: The Saltire Stand Up
Sunday 3rd December 2017
6:00pm-8:00pm

A special one off event where Craig Hill welcomes to the stage, guest comedians Mark Nelson, Chris Forbes & Jo Jo Sutherland.  Visit www.saltirefestival.com for more information.

9
Dec
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers
Saturday 9th December 2017
7:30pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for over a quarter of a century.  Visit here for more information.

11
Dec
Christmas Raceday
Monday 11th December 2017
11:00am-3:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Extend your passion for racing from on-screen to on course! Enjoy a more relaxed day where the focus is on exciting jumps racing, position yourself close to one of the hurdles or fences and get a real sense of the energy and power of the horses as they speed past.

14-6
Dec-Jan
A Christmas Fairy Trail
Thursday 14th December-Saturday 6th January 2018
4:05pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A spellbinding, family light experience of fairies, elves and folklore.  Visit here for more information.

16
Dec
Haddington Farmers' Christmas Market
Saturday 16th December 2017
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Haddington Farmers' Market where stallholders offer you a tempting selection of home produced specialities.  Visit here for more information.

16
Dec
Winton Castle Santa Dash
Saturday 16th December 2017
10:30am-4:00pm
Winton Castle, Pencaitland

Join in the Santa Dash this year at Winton Castle, visit here to register.



21
Dec
Feeling Good - The Michael Buble Tribute Show
Thursday 21st December 2017
7:30pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Mitchell Rutter's tribute to the swing and easy listening hits of Michael Buble.  Visit here for more information.

22-24
Dec
Funbox: Santa's Funtastic Factory
Friday 22nd December-Sunday 24th December 2017
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Gary, Anya & Kevin have been entrusted by the big chap in the red suit himself to help finish the lists for all the boys and girls before Christmas Day, but things aren't quite going to plan.  Visit here for more information.