There is More to Experience on Scotland's Golf Coast
Acclaimed as Scotland’s Food and Drink County, the array of fresh produce, creative restaurants and atmospheric hostelries demonstrate that there is more to the region than just the links. With the towns of Aberlady, Gullane, Dunbar and North Berwick offering much in the way of dining, the visitors are well catered for.
Glenkinchie Distillery, the lowland home of Johnnie Walker, offers a new and exciting visitor experience. For those interested in planes, the National Museum of Flight is located at East Fortune, the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield.
For nature lovers, there are boat tours to see the world’s largest colony of North Atlantic gannets on the iconic Bass Rock. Whilst the John Muir Way, named after the Dunbar born, Father of US National Parks, is an alternative way to stretch your legs.
History fans can visit Tantallon Castle, stronghold of the Douglas family. Meanwhile aficionados of the small screen can stroll around the grounds of Gosford House, one of the many Scottish locations used for the Outlander series.
In North Berwick, the Scottish Seabird Centre offers an interactive look at the 18,000kms of Scottish coastline and 900 islands. For a flutter of a different kind, Musselburgh racecourse has numerous race meetings, with the extra intrigue of the Musselburgh Old links golf course - which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year - situated in the middle of the racetrack.
From 31st May to 2nd June, over 650, 5 to 18 year olds will compete in the 13th annual US Kids European Championship. Held over five of Scotland’s Golf Coast’s courses, Craigielaw, Musselburgh, Royal Musselburgh, The Glen and Longniddry, players will come from more than 50 countries.
Craigielaw’s General Manager, Derek Scott, said: “It’s fantastic to see the event back after a two-year break.
Not only is it great to see the golfers, but to welcome their families to East Lothian who enjoy visiting the local attractions, seeing the sights, and sampling East Lothian’s finest produce.”
Scotland’s Golf Coast is the business and marketing alliance for golf tourism in East Lothian with 40 members, including golf clubs, accommodation providers and other local businesses.
With a choice of 21 courses, it offers a variety of golf at incredible value. Musselburgh Links, Dunbar, and North Berwick - home to double-winning Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew - boast excellent reputations, while other notable venues include Archerfield Links, Craigielaw, Kilspindie, Luffness New and The Glen. Royal Musselburgh, Gifford, Longniddry and Winterfield also offer different challenges to enjoy.
Combined with East Lothian’s renowned dry climate, plentiful accommodation choices - including resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts, and self-catering - and easy access to road, rail and air networks, the region hopes to continue to enhance its reputation.
Duck’s Inn at Aberlady, the refurbished Marine North Berwick on the West links, the Watchman overlooking the Gullane courses and Garleton Lodge, which boasts wonderful views across the Forth and surrounding East Lothian countryside, all offer excellent accommodation options.
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