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 Wildlife Tours

Spend a day exploring East Lothian's wild side with the Countryside Rangers, the county's natural history specialists.

Tours run on Wednesdays in July and August from a variety of locations between 9am-4pm and cost from £60 per person.

Click here for further 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.

24
Jul
Picturing Dunbar
Tuesday 24th July 2018
9:45am-11:15am
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

We will challenge you to take your own postcard picture of something you think represents Dunbar.  You will also have the opportunity to enter our Dunbar 2019 Calendar competition.  Visit here for more information.

24
Jul
Family Day
Tuesday 24th July 2018
2:15pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy some holiday family fun with seven exciting races and children's entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

26-29
Jul
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open 2018
Thursday 26th July-Sunday 29th July 2018
8:00am-6:00pm
Gullane Golf Club

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open takes place at Gullane and is one of the premier events on the Ladies European Tour & LPGA Tour.  Visit here for more information

26
Jul
Arts & Crafts
Thursday 26th July 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

Come along and learn how to draw with pastels and have fun making fantastic crafts out of paper, card and recycling objects.  Visit here for more information.

28
Jul
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 28th July 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

28
Jul
Scotland's National Airshow
Saturday 28th July 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

A thrilling day out for all the family!  Join us at Eat Fortune Airfield as aircraft old and new take to the skies for an afternoon of breathtaking aerial displays.  Visit here for more information.

28
Jul
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 28th July 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market 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 on site.  Visit here for more information.

29
Jul
David Walliams 'The Midnight Gang' - Outdoor Theatre
Sunday 29th July 2018
6:30pm-10:55am
Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh

Heartbreak invite you to join us for a grand opening of The Lord Furt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child.  Tom and his friends will be there too but you might know them as the Midnight Gang.  Visit here for more information.

31
Jul
Minibeast Mayhem
Tuesday 31st July 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Muir Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

You will be taken through the intricate art of painting minifigures with artist Ray Bill.  Visit here for more information.

3-12
Aug
Fringe by the Sea
Friday 3rd August-Sunday 12th August 2018
9:00am-11:00am
North Berwick Harbour

Now extended to a 10 day festival, showcasing some of the most exciting names in music, alongside, well known, comics, entertainers and world-renowned authors.  Visit here for more information.

3
Aug
Friday Night at the Races
Friday 3rd August 2018
5:40pm-8:50pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An evening at the races, packed full of thrilling flat racing and entertainment to suit everyone.  Visit here for more information.

9
Aug
Work and Play at the Sea
Thursday 9th August 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

A fun filled workshop learning about the fishing industry in East Lothian, examining fishing objects and artefacts.  Visit here for more information.

10
Aug
The Archerfield Cup Raceday
Friday 10th August 2018
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The Archerfield Cup Raceday, an afternoon full of top quality racing for sport enthusiasts.  Visit here for more information.

11
Aug
Art of Minature
Saturday 11th August 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

Ray Bill will take you through the intricate art of painting minifigures.  Suitable for ages 8-16 years.  Visit here for more information.

12
Aug
Who Do You Think You Are?
Sunday 12th August 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

Team up with our Local History Officer and discover how to research your family tree.  Visit here for your information.

18
Aug
Prevert, Piano & Poetry with Afternoon Tea
Saturday 18th August 2018
1:30pm-5:00pm
Gilmerton House, North Berwick

A classical piano recital followed by afternoon team in the georgian spendour of Gilmerton House.  Tickets are £45pp.  Email experience@gilmertonhouse.com

19-25
Aug
Dunbar Street Art Trail
Sunday 19th August-Saturday 25th August 2018
9:00am-5:00pm
Dunbar

Enjoy local, national and international artist's exhibitions in High Street shop windows and daily workshops on photography, life drawing, stone balance, graffiti and painting.  Visit here for more information.

25
Aug
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 25th August 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

25
Aug
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 25th August 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market 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 on site.  Visit here for more information.

29
Aug
Afternoon Race Meeting
Wednesday 29th August 2018
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Lavish in the final throes of summer for a mid week fixture.  Visit here for more information.

30
Aug
Afternoon Race Meeting
Thursday 30th August 2018
2:00pm-5:10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Lavish in the final throes of summer at a mid-week fixture.  Visit here for more information.

7
Sep
Twilight Flat Race Meeting
Friday 7th September 2018
4:30pm-7:35pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Gather your work colleagues, family or friends and head down to the races to start your weekend the right way!. Visit here for more information.

14-23
Sep
The Lammermuir Festival
Friday 14th September-Sunday 23rd September 2018
throughout East Lothian

One of the UK's most atmospheric classical music festivals with superb musicians performing great music across the beautiful and historic county of East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.

14-16
Sep
Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open 2018
Friday 14th September-Sunday 16th September 2018
8:00am-6:00pm
Craigielaw Golf Club

The Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open will return to the heartland of Scotland's Golf Coast for the 4th successive year.   Visit here for more information.

15-16
Sep
Battle of Prestonpans - Re-enactment Weekend
Saturday 15th September-Sunday 16th September 2018
1:03pm

The annual East Lothian Battle Weekend returns to Prestonpans with a wider programme than every before.  Visit here for more information.

15
Sep
The Caledonian Cup Raceday
Saturday 15th September 2018
2:55pm-6:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

You can expect a lot more than thrilling flat racing on our Caledonian Cup Raceday.  You'll be able to enjoy live music, sip on some delicious local Caledonian beers and indulge in an array of delicious fresh foods.  Visit here for more information.

23
Sep
Scottish Half Marathon & 10K
Sunday 23rd September 2018
11:00am-0:00am
Musselburgh Racecourse

The race takes participants along Scotland's Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse.  Visit here for more information.

29
Sep
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 29th September 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

29
Sep
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 29th September 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market 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 on site.  Visit here for more information.

30
Sep
Supporting Your Services Raceday
Sunday 30th September 2018
2:00pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An afternoon of fun, including pony racing, Massed Pipe Bands, interactive displays from the Armed Forces, children's fair rides, face painting and much more!  Visit here for more information.

15
Oct
Flat Season Finale
Monday 15th October 2018
2:20pm-5:25pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

A great afternoon of racing to round off the flat season!  Visit here for more information.