'Wish You Were There'... Edinburgh's Coast & Countryside

Visit East Lothian | Thursday 4th June 2020 9:00am

With a route map in place and recovery planning taking shape, for many of us our thoughts are turning to travel again and to planning for when it is safe to do so.  Where might we go?  What might we do?  Here in the Visit East Lothian team, we are definitely thinking about our next day trip, short break and even our main holiday of the year and enjoying ideas from peoples’ travel pre COVID-19.  So for this blog, we thought we would rekindle one of our past marketing campaigns ‘Wish You Were There…’ and provide you with some inspiration from one of Scotland’s most scenic areas.  We hope that these will bring back happy memories from past visits and if you have never been before, encourage you to add a trip to East Lothian to your bucket list!  Scotland is famed for its beautiful scenery and East Lothian certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front.  Over 40 miles of simply stunning coastline awaits you with golden sandy beaches, interesting rock formations and beautiful views; some of the Firth of Forth islands including the iconic Bass Rock.



Travel inland and experience a rural idyll.  Rolling countryside leads to the Lammermuir Hills, quaint villages and traditional farmland.  


Accommodation here provides the perfect place to get away from it all with a great selection on offer from self-catering cottages to caravan and camping parks and B&B’s to small family run hotels. 


If like us you have enjoyed discovering local shops and produce recently, you will certainly be able to continue that here.  We have a great fishing heritage and you can enjoy langoustines, lobsters, crabs and other seafood and fish fresh from the boat.  A whole range of fresh, reliable, quality food and drink is available to order online or buy from specialist outlets.  You can stock up on butcher meat, bread, pastries and cakes, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a whole array of condiments.  Did we mention the gin, rum, cider and beer?


There is so much to do that we’d need another blog to tell you all about it, so here are just a few activities to get you thinking.  John Muir, the Father of America’s National Parks and famed environmentalist and conservationist was born in Dunbar.  The John Muir Way winds its way along the coast.  It is a super walking or cycling route and suitable for all abilities.  


If you are a horse lover you will want to saddle up and either take a ride along one of our woodland paths or how about a gallop along a stretch of unspoilt beach?


On Scotland’s Golf Coast you can play some of the world’s best courses and tee off in the footsteps of many of the game’s top players.  East Lothian is home of the Scottish Opens and its courses are a delight for any golfer.


With so many outdoor attractions and activities to keep your entertained you'll be glad of a rest at the end of the day.  So kick off your shoes, sit back, relax and enjoy the view.



We look forward to welcoming you to East Lothian soon.  Meantime #staysafe and happy trip planning!  

‘Wish you were there…’, 

With love from Visit East Lothian