East Lothian

East Lothian is arguably one of Scotland’s most picturesque counties. It is bordered by numerous beautiful beaches to the North, Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh to the West and the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders and Lammermuir Hills to the South. It really is an ideal location for a holiday at any time of the year.

East Lothian is most famous perhaps for its fantastic selection of golf courses, of which there are 22 in total. Closest to Shepherd’s Cottage you will find Dunbar Golf Course, Winterfield Golf Course, Whitekirk and Haddington Golf Courses. The courses of Gullane, North Berwick, Archerfield and Craigielaw are approximately a 20 – 25 minute drive from the cottage.The beaches of Belhaven, Tyninghame and Whitesands are all within a 5 minute drive and offer endless walking opportunities. Equally good for walking are the Lammermuir hills from which we are only 5 minutes in the opposite direction.

There are numerous market towns dotted around the county which offer excellent opportunities for a spot of shopping. Dunbar and East Linton are the closest to us at only a 5 minute drive each. Haddington is 10 minutes away and the sea-side town of North Berwick can be reached in 20 minutes.

There are also various historical sights throughout East Lothian should you wish to indulge your cultural side. The castles of Tantallon, Dirleton and Hailes are all worth a visit as are the historic houses of Lennoxlove, Winton and Gosforth.

Please see our ‘Places of Interest‘ page for an extensive list of attractions within the surrounding area.