Living Well in East Lothian

October 20, 2021

Taking time for ourselves has always been important but often overlooked.  In recent times looking after our physical health and mental wellbeing has come to the fore.  East Lothian is the ideal location to take time to find balance, to rest, to recharge and indulge in a bit of mindfulness.

How about a digital detox, tuning into your surroundings, enjoying a truly authentic experience or exploring the natural landscape?  

Eat Local Produce

Known as Scotland’s Food & Drink County, the East Lothian larder includes seafood, fruit & vegetables, grains and is great for foraging.  Fine produce is available from shops, delis and farmers markets and can be ordered for home delivery or pick up.  Quiet cafes and restaurants proudly display the local producers featured on their menus.

Scotland's Food & Drink County

Stroll, Jog or Run along a Beach

With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, East Lothian has some of Scotland’s finest beaches.  Some are well known and can be busy at times such as Gullane, Longniddry and Yellowcraig.  However, there are plenty of quieter spots where you can often have the whole place to yourself.

Beaches & Coastal Car Parks

Try a Spot of Yoga

Many established yogis run classes indoors and out across the county.  You can even try SUP Yoga – a great way to test your balance!  Or simply grab your mat and head out for some individual practice surrounded by nature and really reconnect.

Forest Bathing

This activity from Japan means sitting peacefully and quietly in a forest or wood and tapping into your senses to immerse yourself in your surroundings.  East Lothian’s woodlands date back hundreds of years and are perfect for forest bathing. 

Take to the Water

Swimming in the sea and lochs has taken off during the Covid-19 pandemic.  East Lothian has many quiet bays, secluded lakes and lochs for you to take a dip.  Or why not try coasteering, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding?  Follow safety advice and procedures when you take to the water.

Meet the Locals!

Get up close to nature as you walk, cycle or take a boat trip.  There is an abundance of birdlife, marine life and wildlife to be spotted throughout the East Lothian coast and countryside.  A camera is a must if you want to capture puffins, gannets, dolphins, seals, otters, swans, deer, hares and butterflies to name just a few!

Always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Kirsty Norman
Author: Kirsty Norman

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