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.
Many of our attractions, activities, golf courses, accommodation providers and food & drink establishments are open. We encourage you to plan ahead and know before you go. Please check direct with businesses for opening times, facilities available and whether you need to pre-book in advance of your visit to ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable as possible.
VisitScotland and the national tourism bodies of England, Northern Ireland & Wales have announced a 'We're Good to Go' industry standard to reassure visitors they are ready to welcome you safely. A number of our East Lothian businesses have signed up to the scheme, please keep an eye out for the symbol whenever you are looking for places to stay and things to do.
East Lothian is blessed with beautiful coast and countryside, filled with miles of walking and cycle paths for you to enjoy. We encourage you to know before you go to enjoy East Lothian's great outdoors and remember physical distancing guidelines.
Amended National Restrictions
- In private indoor spaces, including your private garden, you can only stay in one household, starting on Wednesday 23rd September. There are some exceptions for those who live alone, live alone with children, or those who form extended households, caretakers and certain tradespeople. In public indoors spaces (i.e. restaurant or pub), you are allowed to meet up with one other household in a group of no more than six people. These aforementioned restrictions do not apply for people under 12.
- Outdoors, you are allowed to meet up with one other household. Young people between 12 and 18 are allowed to meet outdoors in groups of no more than six. These aforementioned restrictions do not apply for people under 12.
- You can still book your household onto organised activities - outdoor activities, tours, coaches - alongside other unconnected households, as these operators are still allowed to take larger numbers where capacity allows. You should keep to your own household within the activity, follow 2m physical distancing (1m for organised day boat trips) and wear your own mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
- Face coverings in hospitality are required by staff and customers. Customers should wear a face covering or mask while entering, exiting and moving around a premise, but can be removed once seated at a table.
- You should download the Protect Scotland App for free from Apple and Google. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has rested positive for Coronavirus.
Love East Lothian Responsibly - Know Before You Go
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.
It was the largest in Scotland. Now it survives only in the memories of those who worked and played there and this exhibition tells some of their stories. Open Tues-Sat - FREE admission.
Celebrating Dunbar as a tourist destination and a place where local and visitors have all enjoyed summers the past. This exhibition will display a large collection of early tourist brochures showcasing some aspects of summers in the town. Open Tues-Sat - FREE admission.
A unique exhibition of abstract, fractal art and photography inspired by the beauty of the Levenhall Links and the Ash Lagoons by local artist Donna Slugget created during the first phase of the COVID-19 lockdown. Open Tues-Sat - FREE admission.
Come a see a lovely display of Prestonpans pottery. It is a fascinating cross section of some of the best known pieces. The display includes a small bowl crafted by the Prestonpans thrower and decorator Dorothy Clyde. Open Tues-Sat - FREE admission.