Local Attractions

East Lothian offers visitors a vast range of attractions including historical castles, wildlife centres and museums.


There are lots of places to visit in East Lothian, whether history is your thing, wildlife, the beach or maybe the thrill of putting a bet on the horses - at
Musselburgh Racecourse whatever takes you fancy, East Lothian will have something on offer.
If you are looking to do something with the family, many of our attractions are great to take the kids to, from hands on interactive galleries at the
National Museum of Flight where you can have a go on a flight simulator or operate cameras on the bass rock and see gannets and seals up close at the Scottish Seabird Centre. If you are looking to explore East Lothian's rich history and culture why not visit the one of the six council museums including the industrial heritage at Prestongrange to the birthplace of John Muir in Dunbar.
Step back in time and discover our rich heritage with a visit to
Tantallon Castle perched high on the cliff tops near North Berwick or see the longest herbaceous border at Dirleton Castle St Mary's Church in Haddington is Scotland's largest church and a visit to Newhailes in Musselburgh, a restored 17th century manor is a must.  And how could you visit Scotland without a wee dram at our own Glenkinchie Distillery!!

Gullane's close proximity to Scotland's capital with train and bus links offers visitors the chance to experience the delights of the historic city.


The city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city a remarkable place to live. In just one day you can explore the city’s exciting new waterfront development, wander through the cosmopolitan streets of the Port of Leith, take a cruise on the River Forth and explore the rugged terrain of the volcanic Arthur’s Seat.

If you are looking to do something with the family, many of our attractions are great to take the kids to, Edinburgh Castle tops the tourist ratings with the one o'clock gun a real draw with close by Camera Obscura a fascinating activity for people of all ages to enjoy. Edinburgh Zoo with its world famous Pandas is also high up the must do list, while The Royal Botanic Gardens established in 1670 are well worth a visit. Moving back into town The Real Mary King's Close or The Edinburgh Dungeon may well appeal finally the many galleries with Scottish National Portrait Gallery being a favourite of ours.