Musselburgh

Musselburgh is a historic market town is known as 'The Honest Toun' and well known for golf and its racecourse.

The name Musselburgh derives from the extensive mussel beds which lie along its shore on the Firth of Forth.  It is the largest town in East Lothian and has a long High Street with a mixture of both local and high street stores. 

What to see and do...

  • Musselburgh Racecourse has been a venue for racing since 1816.  This 5 star visitor attraction is the oldest racecourse in Scotland and the ideal location for a great day out.
  • The Brunton Theatre, a thriving music, theatre and dance venue which hosts a wide ranging yearly programme of events.
  • The historic 9-hole Musselburgh Links, host to the first Open Golf Championship, is based within the Racecourse.  The record books date the course to 1672, making it the oldest surviving golf club in the world and there are claims that Mary Queen of Scots played the course in 1567.
  • Discover the history of the 'Honest Toun' at Musselburgh Museum from earliest times, through its Roman settlement and medieval upheaval to its former valuable industrial mill complex and thriving agricultural, mining and fishing communites.
  • Newhailes House & Garden, National Trust for Scotland property, is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland.
  • Visit Inveresk Lodge Garden, a National Trust for Scotland property,  featuring a 17th century house with stunning walled garden.
  • Go for ice cream at the famous Luca’s ice cream parlour which has been in Musselburgh since 1908.
  • Take a woodland walk through history to Carberry Hill Monument where Mary Queen of Scots surrendered herself to the confederate Lords on 15 June 1567.


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