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.

East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight

1st-17th September 2017

In the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017, East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight celebrates the richness of East Lothian's intriguing history, impressive culture heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting events throughout the county.

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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.

25
Aug
Main Street Blues: High Energy Blues
Friday 25th August 2017
10:00am
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

High-energy blues band that bring together a powerful mix of acoustic and up-tempo electric blues material.  Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
The Gin Fayre
Saturday 26th August 2017
The Strawberry Barn, Thistlycross, Dunbar

Showcasting over 50 fantastic gins from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and indeed the rest of the world.  Meet the distillers themselves and learn more about the spirit the world is going crazy for.  Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 26th August 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.  Vist here for more information.

26-27
Aug
New! Awesome Bricks
Saturday 26th August-Sunday 27th August 2017
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Build a mini vehicle then race it against your friends, get creative in our brick pit, see amazing constructions made by LEGO® fans and learn about the history of this iconic brand with renowned brick artist Warren Elsmore.  Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
Great Expectations
Saturday 26th August 2017
10:33am
Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh

Charles Dickens classic story performed by Quantum Theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Inveresk Lodge Garden.  Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
Canteen
Saturday 26th August 2017
12:00pm-8:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market in East Lothian, bringing ten different Scottish traders to every session.  Live DJs provide a soulful soundtrack in the courtyard and there's an open air bar serving Archerfield's signature ales, brewed onsite. Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
Man at Arms Weapons Talk
Saturday 26th August 2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
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.

26
Aug
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Saturday 26th August 2017
3:00pm-4:35pm
Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh

Follow Alice's fantastical adventures in the strange world she enters through the mirror above her drawing-room fireplace in the beautiful setting of Inveresk Lodge Garden.  Visit here for more information.

26
Aug
Scocha
Saturday 26th August 2017
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Scocha are undoubtedly one of the most entertaining live acts on the music circuit.  The band's unique blend of largely recognisable Scottish 'folk 'n' roll' coupled with audience banter ensure a Scocha gig is never a dull affair.  Visit here for more information.

30
Aug
Flat Race Meeting
Wednesday 30th August 2017
2:00pm-5:10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Escape the office for a truly memorable experience and lavish the final throes of summer with our two August midweek meetings.  Visit here for more information.

31
Aug
Flat Race Meeting
Thursday 31st August 2017
2:00pm-5:10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

It's time to escape the office for a truly memorable experience and lavish the final throes of summer with our two August midweek meetings.  Visit here for more information.

1-17
Sep
East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight
Friday 1st September-Sunday 17th September 2017
9:00am-7:00pm
Throughout East Lothian

In the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017, East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight celebrates the richness of East Lothian's intriguing history, impressive culture heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting events throughout the country.  Visit here for more information.

2
Sep
Man at Arms Weapons Talk
Saturday 2nd September 2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
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.

3
Sep
Tour of Britain
Sunday 3rd September 2017
11:00am-12:00pm
East Lothian

East Lothian plays host to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain once again as the route passes through the county on stage one of the 2017 Tour from Edinburgh to Kelso.  Visit here for more information.

3
Sep
Encampment! East Lothian Military History Day
Sunday 3rd September 2017
12:00pm-4:00pm
Prestongrange Museum, Morrison's Haven, Prestonpans

An exciting day of military themed fun!  Meet Romans, Jacobites and the Great War Boys.  Experience archery, falconry, face painting and join in a fun craft activity.  Visit here for more information.

8
Sep
Flat Race Meeting
Friday 8th September 2017
2:00pm-7:50pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Finish work early and come racing! Musselburgh's late afternoon race meeting offers excellent flat racing and has a great end of the week atmosphere. Visit here for more information.

9
Sep
Man at Arms Guided Tour
Saturday 9th September 2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Tantallon Castle, North Berwick

Bloodthirsty stories about the Douglas family, told by a medieval Man at Arms and an English knight.

9
Sep
Dunbar Daytripper
Saturday 9th September 2017
2:00pm-10:00pm
Lauderdale Park, Dunbar

Outdoor music and food festival headlined by Fatherson.  Visit here for more information.

16
Sep
Total Warrior & 10K
Saturday 16th September 2017
10:00am-7:00pm
Balgone Estate, North Berwick, EH39 5NY

A course every bit as explosive as the landscape that surrounds it - this is not your typical trip to the seaside! The course centres around two lakes and a vertical, 20m-high crag called Balgone Heughs, so hills and water are in plentiful supply.  Prepare to be tested, soaked and muddied to your limits over a brutal 10k course.  Visit here for more information.

16-17
Sep
The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh 1547
Saturday 16th September-Sunday 17th September 2017
11:00am-5:00pm
Newhailes, Musselburgh

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh is brought to life through living history encampments, hands-on activities and battle recreations.  Visit here for more information.

16-17
Sep
Funbox presents Highland Fling
Saturday 16th September-Sunday 17th September 2017
1:30pm-5:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Hoots mon and help ma boab!  Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloaming for Funbox's brand new show.  Visit here for more information.

16
Sep
The Caledonian Cup Raceday
Saturday 16th September 2017
2:55pm-6:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

You can expect a lot more than just thrilling Flat racing on our Caledonian Cup Raceday, including a chance to sample an array of beers, enjoy live music, sip on some delicious local Caledonian beers and nibble on a pie or 2! Visit here for more information.

22-24
Sep
Dunbar Traditional Music Festival
Friday 22nd September-Sunday 24th September 2017
9:00am-11:00pm
Various Venues in Dunbar

Song, music, pipes & drums, children's workshop, informal tunes and sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and open air performances are the traditional hallmarks of the annual September event.  View here for more information.