5 Ways You Can Support Local

Visit East Lothian | Thursday 12th November 2020 3:00pm

Like us you will have experienced a very different way of working, shopping and playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Right now, we are all staying that bit closer to home and that means we can all take the time to explore our local area.  Read on for our 5 top tips on how you can enjoy East Lothian responsibly and help to support our local businesses.

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Book a staycation and rediscover what's right on your doorstep.   Miles and miles of stunning coast, rolling hills, top visitor attractions, exhilarating outdoor activities, intriguing heritage and culture and some of the world's best golf courses.  There is a super choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.  Whether you are looking for a self-catering hideaway, a family caravan or chalet, a cosy B&B, an exclusive use venue or a hotel, you will find it here.

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Eat out at a local bar, restaurant or café.  You're sure to find a warm East Lothian welcome and be treated to a great choice of locally produced food and drink.  From family friendly venues to romantic meals for two, East Lothian is a foodies paradise.  Make sure you sample seafood fresh from the boat, seasonal fruit and veg and scrumptious sweet treats. 


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Visit local attractions.  Why not try the National Museum of Flight and step on board Scotland's Concorde, the Scottish Seabird Centre where you can get up close to marine wildlife and the iconic Bass Rock? Or get yourself along to John Muir Country Park where you will find John Muir Alpacas and East Links Family Park for outdoor fun and your cute animal fix!  From castles to ancient forts and from outdoor thrills and spills to nature, there really is something to keep everyone entertained.


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Shop local.  Our towns and villages are full of independent and traditional family run shops.  Enjoy delicious and unique local produce and products.  As well as food and drink to make your mouth water, we have a fine collection of arts and crafts producers in the region so you are sure to find something unique whether for yourself or with Christmas just around the corner, find the perfect gift.  Don't forget to buy some of our craft beers and spirits and raise a glass to tourism!


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Plan ahead.   Help us to help you by being organised and know before you go.  Check current guidelines, avoid more popular spots, discover hidden gems, respect local communities and book in advance.

We hope you will enjoy your East Lothian, Edinburgh's Coast & Countryside.  Follow our 5 top tips and #loveeastlothian now!