East Lothian, known for its stunning coastline, historic sites, and charming towns and villages, transforms into a hub of activity every summer. With a calendar packed full of exciting events, there's something for everyone, from nature lovers to art enthusiasts and from sports fans to music aficionados. Read on to discover some unmissable festivals and events taking place over the coming months.

Medieval Weekend

15th & 16th June, Dirleton Castle

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Middle Ages at Dirleton Castle. Wander through the living history camp to experience what life was like in medieval times.

Haddington Show

29th June at East Fortune Race Circuit, North Berwick

Held annually, this show is one of the oldest in Scotland offering a glimpse into the region’s rural life. Featuring a variety of livestock competitions, equestrian events and displays of the latest agricultural machinery, it’s a fantastic day out. There are plenty of activities for children, including face painting and fancy dress as well as lots for adults to explore with a variety of stalls featuring local crafts, produce and handmade goods.

European Land Art Festival & Stone Stacking Championships

9th-14th July at The Eye Cave, Dunbar

See art and nature merge beautifully as you watch impressive stone stacking displays by the world’s best land artists and stone balancers, held in the birthplace of conservationist, John Muir. For the first time this year, the coastal town will host the World Rock Stacking Championships with experts travelling from around the world to participate in this global competition usually held in Texas. Participate in workshops and learn the art of creating beautiful sculptures from natural materials, as you enjoy a hands-on and educational day out.

Genesis Scottish Open

11th-14th July at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick

Watch the world’s top golfers tee-off on Scotland’s Golf Coast as this prestigious event returns to the Renaissance Club. Among the Major Champions, Rolex Series winners and World Number Ones battling it out for the trophy are defending champion, Rory McIllroy, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, rising star Tom Kim and home favourite Robert MacIntyre, who won his first PGA Tour title in the RBC Canadian Open alongside his dad as caddie.

Be entertained in the fan zone as our very own Fringe by the Sea showcases ‘Fringe by the Tee’ offering a fresh, family-friendly entertainment experience to complement the world-class golf. Radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman, former professional footballer turned DJ Pat Nevin and Fred MacAulay are just a few who are lined up to entertain the crowd.

Fringe by the Sea

2nd-11th August, North Berwick Lodge Gardens

Fringe by the Sea brings the spirit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the pretty seaside town of North Berwick. Featuring over 250 incredible shows, this eclectic event offers a diverse programme from music, comedy, theatre and dance to interactive sessions, award winning authors, foodie masterclasses and kids illustrators. The Street Food Village is a gastronomic haven with a mix of local food traders bringing flavours from around the world catering for all tastes and preferences.

Ladies Day

9th August at Musselburgh Racecourse

Experience style, elegance and glamour at Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious 5-star Ladies Day. Combining thrilling horse racing with high fashion, as attendees dress to impress in their finest outfits. With live entertainment, delicious food, and a fantastic party atmosphere, this is a memorable experience of style and sport. Everyone is welcome, it’s not just for the ladies!

360 Fest

31st August, National Museum of Flight

A brand new event for 2024! Be wowed with 360 stunts from cycle team, The Clan, plus circle displays and lots of have-a-go-activities. Join a hoolahoop workshop, try some plate spinning and learn about the science of spheres with STEM science activities. Full programme will be announced very soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

Lammermuir Festival

5th-16th September at various venues throughout the county

The Lammermuir Festival offers an unforgettable blend of music and scenery, perfect for those looking to indulge in culture and natural beauty. Experience finest classical music from internationally renowned artists and ensembles set in the beautiful surroundings of East Lothian’s historic buildings and picturesque landscapes.

With such a variety of events, East Lothian is the ideal summer destination for visitors of all interests. To find out more and to help you plan your visit to East Lothian go to visiteastlothian.org

 

We are delighted to have commissioned 56 Degree Insight and Jump Research to undertake the 2024 East Lothian Visitor Survey.

Combining the strengths of 56 Degree Insight and Jump Research

56 Degree Insight will be undertaking the study as part of the JRS research consortium, which they are a member of, working closely with the team from Jump Research who also have significant experience in the tourism sector including numerous visitor surveys.

The survey is now live and fieldwork will run throughout the summer until the end of October, providing an updated picture on day and overnight visitors - who they are, what they enjoy doing during their time in the area and their views on the area’s strengths and weaknesses. The survey will also provide an opportunity to obtain visitor opinions on hot topics such as the potential impacts of the introduction of visitor levy.

Utilising a combination of survey methods

To maximise the number of visitors taking part in the survey and ensure as broad a range of views as possible are collected, the study will involve a combination of survey methods. Jump’s face to face interviewers will be out and about, conducting short interviews at key locations and events across the region while a more detailed online survey will be promoted to visitors at a wider range of locations including attractions, cafes and accommodation and via the Visit East Lothian website.

Later in the year, they will also be undertaking a survey of tourism businesses based in the area to obtain their feedback on key topics affecting them.

Working in partnership with local businesses

The online survey element is a development from the approaches used in previous visitor surveys conducted in this area, with local businesses invited to promote participation in the survey by displaying details of the survey link using posters and other promotional materials.

In return for their support, businesses will receive a personalised analysis of the results including an anonymised summary of the responses provided by their customers and comparisons with the overall area profile. This personalised analysis will be available to any businesses receiving at least 50 responses from their customers over the season.

By following this unique partnership approach, we’re ensuring that the insights generated will be valuable to local businesses. Also on completion of the fieldwork, they will also be working closely with East Lothian Council to share the wider survey findings and what they mean for the region via a suite of outputs including a summary infographic report and online presentation.

If you are visiting East Lothian, on a day trip, short break or holiday this summer or autumn, please complete the online survey link which you can find on our website visiteastlothian.org

 

East Lothian has so many unique and unforgettable experiences for every taste. Get inspired and start planning your only-in-East Lothian adventure and create lasting memories. Here are just a few we think you’ll love.

Take a Wildlife Boat Trip

Get up close to wildlife on a boat trip to see the islands around the coastline and the Bass Rock, home to the world’s largest northern colony of gannets and one of the natural wonders of the world. Discover stunning marine life and seabirds and you might even spot dolphins!

Relive History

Step back in time and soak up rich history and heritage. Start at Tantallon Castle, a formidable fortress perched on a cliff with spectacular views across the Firth of Forth. Wander through its well-preserved ruins and imagine tales of medieval knights and sieges. For a glimpse into the past, visit Dirleton Castle and Gardens, one of Scotland’s oldest surviving strongholds and stroll through the beautiful, manicured gardens. Plan your trip to coincide with an event to find out about the lives of those who lived in our castles.

Scottish Seabird Centre Boat Trips
Dirleton Castle & Gardens

Walk or Cycle a Long-Distance Walk

Take in breath-taking views as you walk or cycle along the John Muir Way and immerse yourself in a landscape that inspired John Muir, the famous explorer, naturalist and conservationist. This coast-to-coast route stretches from Helensburgh to Dunbar with so much to see and do along the way.

Have a Dram!

Take a journey through Glenkinchie Distillery’s storied landscape and rich heritage, learn how they create their rare Lowland style whisky and enjoy a tasting session to experience the flavours unique to East Lothian. If gin or rum is more your tipple, a visit to NB Distillery is a must for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting of world class award winning spirits.

The John Muir Way
Glenkinchie Distillery

Enjoy a Wellness Retreat

Explore the benefits of forest bathing or mindful loch swimming at Carfrae Farm or indulge in a spot of pampering at Fletchers Cottage, Whitekirk Hill or Garleton Lodge. East Lothian is the ideal location to take time to find balance, to rest, to recharge and indulge in a bit of mindfulness.

Make a Splash

Take to the water and try your hand at some outdoor active fun. From coasteering, SUP, kayaking, surfing, wakeboarding or sailing, East Lothian is a playground for watersports enthusiasts as well as those looking for a more leisurely day on the water.

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Coasteering with Ocean Vertical

Take to the Skies in a Microlight

Experience flying like never before as you soar through the air in a microlight aircraft, feel the wind on your face as your soak up the epic views.

Tee Off on Scotland’s Golf Coast

Put your golfing skills to the test and play a round of golf on some of Scotland’s finest courses. With twenty-one links and parkland courses to choose from, including Musselburgh Links the oldest playing golf course in the world, East Lothian - Scotland’s Golf Coast really is a golfers paradise.

East Lothian Microlights
Musselburgh Links

To find out more go to https://visiteastlothian.org/

Valentine’s Day is just around a corner, 2024 is a leap year, you’ve found the love of your life and cannot wait to share a lifetime of memories together, you’re ready to pop the question, but where? East Lothian has many breath-taking backdrops for a romantic proposal. From historic castles to beautiful rolling landscapes and stunning coastlines, this amazing region offers unique and memorable settings for declaring your love. Here are our top five spots!

Seacliff Beach

Secluded and intimate, Seacliff Beach is an idyllic haven. The golden sands and rugged cliffs offer a timeless setting with the majestic Tantallon Castle and the iconic Bass Rock as your background. As the sun begins to set, it’s a magical place and the prefect spot to make your declaration of love.

Aberlady Bay

A nature reserve known for its diverse wildlife and tranquil surroundings with uninterrupted views of the Firth of Forth. An ideal place to take a leisurely stroll along the long sandy bay and find quiet place before getting down on one knee.

The Lammermuirs

How about a walk in the hills to remember? Climb up to the highest point or enjoy a quiet moment for a picnic in the Lammermuir Hills. As you stand together taking in the panoramic views, you’ll find the perfect moment to ask that most important question.

Bridge to Nowhere

The distinctive beauty of the Bridge of Nowhere and the surrounding landscape of Belhaven Bay creates an atmosphere that is special for a proposal that goes beyond the ordinary. Just don’t get caught with the high tide as the bridge will be surrounded by water – now that would be a moment to remember!

Chesters Hill Fort

With its ancient ruins and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, this iron age fort offers a unique blend of history and natural beauty. Add to your own story as you stand in this historic place and ask for their hand in marriage!

Wherever you choose to say those all-important words will become a place that’s special to both of you for the rest of your lives #loveeastlothian!

To add a few special unique or unusual touches to your proposal, may it be eating out in a fine dining restaurant, taking to the sky in a microlight, sailing on the Forth or the ultimate thrill of an outdoor adventure go to visiteastlothian.org for inspiration.

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Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re looking for some last-minute inspiration to create an unforgettable festive feast this Christmas, East Lothian has a wide range of local produce and artisan goodies on offer. Here are just some of our favourites to whet your appetite!

The Cheese Lady

For cheese enthusiasts, the award-winning delicatessen, owned and operated by Svetlana Kukharchuk, Scottish Business Woman of the Year 2023 (National Business Women’s Awards), The Cheese Lady has a curated selection of cheeses from across the UK and continent. Choose from traditional favourites, unique varieties and vegan and gluten-free options.

Gullane Glogg

For those seeking a taste of the Christmas spirit, award-winning By Julia: Gullane Glogg Mulled Wine Mix and Winter Fizz blends are a delicious combination of orange infused with spices. These flavourful combinations can either be added to red wine to make a warming mulled wine or blended with prosecco to create a wonderful chilled wintery cocktail.

Buck & Birch

Tom and Rupert, founders of Buck & Birch create liquid expressions of the East Lothian landscape, celebrating the incredible variety of flavours produced from ingredients respectfully harvested on their outdoor adventures. They produce craft Scottish spirits, liqueurs and cocktails including Aelder Elixir, Amarosa, Quince Liqueur and Elderberry Elixir.

The Foraging Goat

This charming greengrocer and larder specialises in locally sourced ethically foraged ingredients from fresh produce to homemade preserves and ready to eat meals. The Foraging Goat offers a delightful journey for every taste bud and is a welcome addition to Haddington’s town centre.

The Tipsy Truffle

For a bit of self-indulgence, The Tipsy Truffle in Dunbar has an impressive collection of fresh truffles sure to impress the dinner table. Choose from pralines, fruit creams, marzipans, soft caramels, liqueurs, vegan options - the list goes on!

The Mint Fig

Be sure to stop by The Mint Fig in Musselburgh to stock up on cured meats, cheeses, patés, preserves and condiments.

Carfrae Farm Shop

For a taste of the countryside, Carfrae Farm Shop is bursting with delicious local and Scottish produce as well as treats from around the globe, freshly baked bread, local meats and cheeses, and jars of homemade chutney. Their selection is a testament to the farm's dedication to sustainable farming practices.

Gosford Bothy Farm Shop

Located just outside Aberlady, Gosford Bothy Farm Shop & Butchery is a great place to find fresh produce, meats, dairy products and homemade preserves and chutneys – to mention just a few!

Anderson's Quality Butchers

A traditional family craft butcher shop in North Berwick, Anderson’s Quality Butchers has a reputation for sourcing local ethically raised meat. Their extensive selection includes succulent roasts and sausages and much more for a truly exceptional dining experience.

Belhaven Smokehouse

With a renowned reputation for the highest quality and their dedication to traditional smoking techniques, Belhaven Smokehouse offers an impressive and delicious range of both hot and cold slow smoked salmon and trout. Their shop near West Barns also stocks an impressive selection of other East Lothian produce.

You can find many more East Lothian producers by visiting Scotlands Food & Drink County.

From all of us at Visit East Lothian, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Go Rural is a thriving community movement of Scotland’s farmers and crofters, passionate about producing the highest quality food and drink and committed to caring for the environment and protecting Scotland’s landscapes for everyone to enjoy responsibly.

In East Lothian, you can find a host of Go Rural destinations offering the best of local and a warm welcome on real, working farms. Look out for the Go Rural Cow and find out more at www.goruralscotland.com

The Brand Family Larder

The Brand Family Larder is open 7 days stocking all the family's delicious award-winning home reared Saddleback pork roasts, gammons, bacons, burgers and flavoured sausages. Along with the family's outstanding Hampshire Down lamb which is very popular locally, the farm's fresh eggs are a must buy with all our customers. Supporting other local producers, the farm shop sells lots more including cheeses, breads and chutneys.

East Fortune Farm, East Fortune, EH39 5BT

Kilduff Farm

Kilduff Farm is run by Russell together with his wife Lucy who have developed the business to respond to the challenges facing modern day farming while always being mindful of the principals learned from Russell’s grandparents before him. In addition to growing traditional crops of wheat, oats and beans, here at Kilduff you will find the much-loved pumpkin festival, specialist culinary pumpkins, Christmas market, orchard, residential properties, storage options and filming and shoot locations. They also have a range of farm produce including honeyapple juicerapeseed oil and bread flour.

Near Athelstaneford, North Berwick, EH39 5BD

Brand Family Larder
Kilduff Farm

Drift

A unique coffeehouse with breathtaking views over unspoilt miles of Firth of Forth coast serving freshly baked cakes, brunch and lunch. Drift has become a destination to eat, drink and relax. Run by the McNicol family.

Canty Bay, North Berwick, EH39 5PL  

The Bus Stop

The Bus Stop offers unique hand-crafted accommodation made out of recycled buses. Options for luxury and glamping style buses set on a working farm with beautiful panoramic views of the Lammermuir Hills, in the stunning East Lothian countryside.  Enjoy camp-fires, starry nights and wood fired hot-tubs. The Bus Stop is dog-friendly. 

Bankrigg Farm, Gifford, EH41 4JS

Drift
The Bus Stop

Carfrae Farm

You’ll find luxury interiors and wild exteriors at Carfrae Farm - three beautiful holiday cottages, a Farm Shop bursting with unique local products, and outdoor activities aplenty. With stunning countryside to explore and activities such as mindful loch swimming, foraging, guided walks in the Lammermuir Hills or paddle boarding on the Danskine Loch... there's lots to discover.

Near Gifford, EH41 4LP

Carfrae Farm Shop
Carfrae Farm Holiday Cottages

 

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If you're looking for a dog-friendly holiday or a fun day out for you and your pooch, there are so many paw-esome dog friendly things to see and do in East Lothian. Find out what Edinburgh Spaniels, Hollie, Hugo and Spencer, did when they visited on a jam-packed weekend exploring East Lothian.

Day 1

Stopped off at Parkers Cafe in Dunbar for delicious cake and coffee and some 'help yourself' dog treats. 

Took a long wander through John Muir Country Park, the park is dedicated to naturalist, explorer and conservationist, John Muir.  Know before go and download the free Visit East Lothian App to check how busy parking is - available from Apple Store and Google Play.

Checked into the Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar located 5 minutes from the beach and a short walk into town.

Walked around Dunbar to see the picturesque harbour and the ruins of Dunbar castle, which was one of the strongest fortresses in Scotland.

Had dinner in the hotel's award winning 1902 Grill Restaurant that offers a menu that changes to reflect the seasons, with an emphasis on fresh local and Scottish produce.

Dunbar Harbour
John Muir Country Park

Day 2

Enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise run along the John Muir Way. Dunbar is the start or end of the route, a coast to coast national long-distance walking route and great for cycling too which stretches 134 miles to Helensburgh in the west.

Tucked into a delicious breakfast in the hotel (fresh sausages for the boys!)

Visited Smeaton Dogwood, a secure and private hire woodland walk where you can exercise your dog off-lead in a safe and stimulating environment, perfect for anxious and/or reactive dogs.

Wandered through Smeaton Nursery Garden and the Greenhouse Gallery! Had a spot of lunch in the Smeaton tearoom.

Hiked up to the top of Traprain Law to see the wild ponies. Remember to keep dogs on a lead as there are wild ponies grazing and please refrain from feeding the ponies.

Walked to the Brig and Barrel for a perfect dinner. Situated just round the corner from Belhaven Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Scotland. If you fancy sitting outside, they have an outdoor beer garden with covered booths and heaters.

Smeaton Nursery & Tearoom
Traprain Law

 

Day 3

Headed to Tantallon Castle for the very cool experience of walking through a castle perched on a cliff with incredible views.

Explored North Berwick's gorgeous beaches and High Street where you can find some wonderful boutique shops to pick up a gift or take home a souvenir.

Popped into the The Ship Inn for lunch and met other four legged friends.

Went to Unleashed Dog Park just outside the village of Pencaitland for an incredible session exploring their spacious private hire fields with sensory garden and activities. The views from the park over to the Lammermuir hills are outstanding!

Tantallon Castle
North Berwick

Watch the video from their visit below

Find out more about what there is to see and do in East Lothian.

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As the days gradually shorten and the landscapes change with the season, there is plenty to draw you out to enjoy Autumnal colours and simple pleasures in East Lothian.

Visit East Lothian’s latest Mini Adventures film takes in wildlife watching, riverside walks and forest trails, inspirational, locally foraged food and drink, and no-fuss family fun.  

Award-winning wildlife photographer Zan Threlfall showcases the wild heart of East Lothian, through the lens at Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve where in Autumn you can spot some of the 30,000 pink footed geese which migrate here from Iceland. The area within the Reserve is extensive with beautiful walks beginning with crossing the 'footbridge to enchantment' made famous by Scottish Author Nigel Tranter in his autobiographical country notebook of the same name.

Opportunities for family fun abound in Autumn in East Lothian, not least at the pumpkin patches. Balgone Estate boasts Scotland’s largest pumpkin patch with over 50,000 pumpkins to pick, there are free pumpkins with entry tickets to East Links Family Park and, at Kilduff Pumpkin Patch, you’ll find pumpkin picking, a bale maze, games and food trucks. Enjoy the farm’s own produce from their Wee Red Barn. As Halloween excitement builds, dare to discover the spooky trail at Newhailes House and Gardens.

Kilduff Farm Pumpkin Patch - Photo Tom Duffin
Newhailes House & Gardens - Photo Rob McDougall

Peace and tranquillity await under canopies of red, orange and gold as the many stunning woodlands around the county take their seasonal turn. Mr Smith Aerial captures the best of the seasonal scenes from the air, including at Gosford House and Binning Wood. Whether in the woods, on the hills or along a riverbank, you’ll find walks and bike rides suitable for all abilities and moods. Becca, owner of Orange Moon Record store at North Berwick’s Steampunk Coffee, enjoys a walk along the Tyne in Haddington with her dog Juno. Look out for the kingfisher!

If you prefer your adventures on two-wheels, take a cycle around the county's hidden gems and coastal landmarks; Ezee Riders offer independent e-bike hire or a guided tour.

Gosford Estate - Photo Amelia Le Brun
Binning Wood - Photo Mr Smith Aerial

It's on wanders around the county’s many beauty spots and tucked away hedgerows and woodlands that wild foragers Rupert and Tom from Buck & Birch source their ingredients. Alchemy happens at their Macmerry tasting room and base where they create delicious, intriguing beverages and bites, including their flagship BIRCH, a wild botanical spirit made from birch tree sap tapped from trees at Gifford Community Woodland.

There’s much more to explore in East Lothian in Autumn…

Watch our video for inspiration. Please enjoy East Lothian responsibly.

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East Lothian is home to some amazing idyllic secret hideaways and rural retreats that offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Choose from cosy cottages, modern glamping pods to self catering eco-lodges and even a bus! Here are just some for those looking for tranquility and to take in East Lothian's natural beauty.

Secret Cabin

A secluded hidden cabin for two! The Secret Cabin is nestled in lush woodland, only five minutes from Seacliff beach and a short journey to the popular town of North Berwick. Enjoy beach walks, sea swims and then in the evening, chill and relax beside a roaring fire.

Eco Indigo

Experience glamping on another level at Eco Indigo! Enjoy spectacular coastal views from an eco glamping pod or stay in their historic dog friendly 'Keepers Cottage'. Relax outside by the chiminea with a glass of wine in your hand as you watch the sun set.

The Treehouse

The Treehouse is perfect for a romantic getaway set in its own private location on Dunglass Estate. After a busy day exploring, relax and enjoy panoramic views from the outdoor hot tub under a canopy of twinkling stars.

The Bus Stop

For a holiday experience with a difference! The Bus Stop offers a choice of luxury and rustic converted buses located on an arable working farm. Each bus is set in spacious private grassed areas with uninterrupted views of the Lammermuir Hills. Enjoy campfires, starry nights and woodfired hot-tubs!

The Secret Cabin
Eco Indigo
The Treehouse
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The Bus Stop

Carfrae Farm

Tucked away at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, Carfrae Farm luxury cottages are the perfect place to take in and explore beautiful surroundings. They offer a range of outdoor activities such as mindful loch swimming, foraging and paddleboard yoga. At the end of the day, take a dip in the hot tub or cosy up to a wood burning stove. They have their own Farm Shop, so you can pick up some local produce to cook and enjoy.

Rosehip Hideaway

Rosehip Hideaway cabins are ideally located on the railway walk and cycle route 196 to Glenkinchie Distillery and Carberry in Musselburgh. These cosy cabins are designed with their own individual theme, all with covered outdoor seating area, BBQ/fire pit.

Bell's Bothy Bunkhouse

Bell's Bothy Bunkhouse is a youth hostel style bolthole just outside the market town of Haddington and is perfect for walkers and cyclists. It boasts a log burning stove and can sleep up to six.

Whitekirk Hill

Enjoy a regenerative stay, deep in nature at Whitekirk Hill in one of their contemporary and stylish eco-friendly lodges, perfect for couples, families and friends - four legged ones too! On site, there's an award-winning spa, gym, gourmet Orangery and terrace. Kids will love the Play Barn full of fun activities.

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Rosehip Hideaway
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Whitekirk Hill

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Green tourism has become an essential consideration for visitors seeking sustainable and eco-friendly options when planning their holiday. East Lothian, with its stunning landscapes, rich history and charming towns and villages, has many thriving tourism businesses catering for visitors who want to travel responsibly.

The Green Tourism Scheme is a certification programme recognising the commitment of tourism businesses which are actively working to become more sustainable.

In this blog, we highlight some of our East Lothian businesses who have been recognised for their efforts in reducing their impact on the environment and achieved a Green Tourism award.

Gilmerton House (GOLD)

Gilmerton House, this Grade ‘A’ listed Georgian Mansion, home to the Kinloch Family for thirteen generations has been operating as an exclusive use private venue for over 20 years. The property is heated by a Biomass boiler system, burning recycled wood and cardboard from the estate and wood from local residents. Thousands of trees have been planted throughout the estate over the years providing a wonderful environment for the local wildlife.

Whitekirk Hill (SILVER)

Whitekirk Hill countryside retreat strongly believe in eco-friendly values, not least their new range of low impact lodges which are installed with air source heat pumps, triple glazing and led lighting throughout to reduce power consumption. They provide free EV charging points and create seasonal menus whilst continuously sourcing food and drink locally wherever possible, thereby reducing food miles.

East Lothian Cottages (GOLD)

The Muckle Snug and The Wee Bothy are two self-catering cottages set in a rural location just outside the market town of Haddington. The owner commits to providing ethical and plastic-free alternatives to bottle shampoos and soaps to visitors, encouraging on-site composting and recycling and offers visitors the use a vehicle charging point.

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Glenkinchie Distillery (GOLD)

From the way they make their whisky to the way visitors enjoy the experience, sustainability has always been at the heart of Glenkinchie Distillery. Initiatives include zero-waste to landfill, the distillation process and high standards of water efficiency and stewardship. They have installed beehives, bat boxes, bug houses and plantings to encourage pollination and protect wildlife.

Scottish Seabird Centre (GOLD)

The Scottish Seabird Centre has won multiple awards for their environmental focus - from the energy they use, the products they sell in their shop, to encouraging sustainable travel and raising awareness through the conservation, education and charity work they do. They have undertaken studies to reduce emissions relating to their wildlife boat experiences.

John Muir’s Birthplace (GOLD)

When John Muir's Birthplace opened in 2003, from the start they decided to follow green and sustainable principles. This includes buying materials for their workshops, using Fairtrade tea and coffee and selling locally made and recycled goods in the shop. They continue to work towards better energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint. Their efforts reflect the values of John Muir and are very fitting in the house where this environmental conservation pioneer was born.

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Ezee Riders (BRONZE)

Ezee Riders located just outside of North Berwick are an e-bike tour and rental company. They achieved their award through a commitment to sustainable travel for both customers and within their business, the experiences in the local area and how to enjoy it in a sustainable and responsible manner and by promoting locally and sustainably produced food, contributing to a more sustainable food ecosystem.

East Coast Restaurant (SILVER)

East Coast Restaurant in Musselburgh managed to achieve their silver rating after only been open for 18 months! They decided to change their plastic and polystyrene packaging for compostable, biodegradable and recyclable alternatives. Their frying range recycles heat, saves on oil and any leftover oil is uplifted and turned into biodiesel. They are committed to using as many local food and drink suppliers as possible.

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Other businesses who have received this recognised award:-

Eco Friendly Accommodation - Winton Castle (GOLD), Thurston Manor Leisure Park (SILVER), Carberry Tower Mansion & Estate (BRONZE)

Attractions - National Museum of Flight (GOLD), Preston Mill (SILVER), Dirleton Castle (GOLD), Newhailes House & Gardens (SILVER), Seton Collegiate Church (GOLD), Inveresk Lodge Garden – (SILVER), Tantallon Castle (SILVER)

Organic Farm Stays / Beaches – Yellowcraig Caravan Site (SILVER)

Sustainable Food & Dining - Hickory (GOLD)

Tour Operator - E-City Chauffeur (GOLD)

Information correct at the time of publication.