Know Before You Go

Our top tip for visiting East Lothian is to 'know before you go'.  With many attractions, accommodation and businesses operating differently, it's important to plan ahead to ensure you trip is safe and hassle free.

We advise all visitors to check direct with businesses for opening times, advance booking and any special arrangements in place.  You should also check what facilities including car parking, toilets etc are available before you travel.

VisitScotland has created a visitor charter on how to enjoy Scotland responsibly over the coming months.  This guidance informs visitors of how they can work together with businesses and communities to help the tourism industry get back on its feet, in a safe way.  You can view and download the charter here.

To keep you safe, please visit here where you can find all you need to know about visiting Scotland and East Lothian safely - and remember Scottish Government 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.