With a population of more than 90,000 East Lothian is one of the most picturesque areas of Scotland. The County stretches from the eastern edge of Edinburgh to the waters of the North Sea. Rich in history, the past is kept alive with rugged castles, historic market towns and the remains of ancient settlements.
The quality of the urban and rural environment is one of East Lothian's greatest assets with the most beautiful coastline and some of the finest farmland in Scotland. It is bounded on the south by the Lammermuir Hills and stretches eastwards to the boundary with Scottish Borders at Cockburnspath. There are many places in which to base your stay in East Lothian from the coastal towns of North Berwick and Dunbar to the inland historic county town of Haddington. All with good access to Edinburgh, Edinburgh airport and the South.
East Lothian is a golfer's paradise. Musselburgh Links is the oldest surviving golf course in the world, but the most famous East Lothian course is Muirfield, home to the Open Championship 14 times since 1892 and last held there in 2002, but will play host to the championship again in 2013
Throughout the summer months East Lothian hosts many festivals including Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick, North Berwick Highland Show, Air Show at the Museum of Flight and the 3 Harbours Arts Festival in Prestonpans. Places of interest to visit, include the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, Glenkinchie, Scotland's most southerly distillery; the Bass Rock, a sanctuary for birds and the 3rd largest gannetry in the world, the Seabird Centre, North Berwick and the John Muir Birthplace in Dunbar, which details the life and achievements of the conservationist and founder of America's National Parks. Historic castles include Dirleton, Tantallon and Hailes, which are all maintained by Historic Scotland.