Countryside

East Lothian is home to some of Scotland’s finest landscapes.

Follow the roads further inland where rolling countryside leads into the foothills of the Lammermuirs with wonderful views across the whole county. With many quiet country lanes to explore, you can see for yourself the beautiful countryside.

Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, the Lammermuir Hills is an undiscovered gem of the south of Scotland. It feels like the hustle and bustle of the city are a lifetime away. The hills act as an unplanned barrier between the coast and East Lothian to the north and the Borders in the South East. The name ‘Lambs Moor’ gives a clue to their character, a cherished environment rightly valued by those seeking quiet recreation. An area rich in history, rich in the diversity of its natural heritage - former fortified dwellings and small castles can be found dotted across the hills, while ancient roads and historic routes taken by the monks in the Middle Ages crisscross the area.

Caring for the countryside is delivered through countryside management. Countryside management seeks to conserve and enhance natural and cultural features in the countryside for the enjoyment and appreciation of visitors and residents. It includes on the one hand the delivery of practical habitat, species and cultural site management and on the provision of visitor facilities and support services, access provision through primarily footpath management, environmental education and interpretation.