Log Cabins, Edinburgh
Nestling in the heart of the beautiful East-Lothian
countryside and yet only twenty minutes east of Princes Street, the
beating heart of Edinburgh, a city brimming with culture and history.
With Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace iconic landmarks, there is
also the Royal Mile and, just a stone’s throw from the bustle, lies the
enigmatic Arthur’s Seat for energetic legs to scale. The view from Arthur’s
Seat hints at the scenic treasures beyond the city limits, with tranquil
villages, dramatic coastline laced with miles of sandy beaches, stately
homes and the wilds of the Lammermuir Hills.
Edinburgh has an almost inexhaustable supply of history, culture, entertainment and restaurants.
Golf Near Edinburgh
East Lothian is also famed for its golf courses and, with 19 courses
in the locale, it is reckoned to have just about the highest concentration
in Britain and, handily, there is one right next door to the Holiday Park!
With so much choice there is something to suit all standards and tastes,
with traditional links and classic inland golf courses, some steeped in
history, some offering modern challenges, all with a friendly clubhouse
welcome. Affordable Green Fees can be found and from the pick of the courses
come inspirational names like Dunbar, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Gullane
and The Open Championship course at Muirfield.
Preston Grange Mining Museum
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Holiday Park is the Preston Grange Mining Museuem, the museum will fascinate
the whole family with its Giant Beam Engine and working steam locomotive.
Aside from the big three of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s
Seat, mentioned above, Edinburgh has an almost inexhaustable supply of history
and culture. It is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and the
Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives and works of Robert Burns, Sir WalterScott and Robert Louis Stevenson amongst Scotland’s literary sons and daughters.
For slightly lower-brow entertainment, Edinburgh Zoo houses over 1000
amazing animals and attractions, with daily parades, talks and demonstrations
to educate and thrill the whole family.
Only London can boast more Michelin-starred restaurants than Edinburgh,
and alongside the culinary superstars there is a host of quality bistros,
gastropubs and cafes to enjoy.
On the south shore of the Firth of Firth at the mouth of the River Esk, Musselburgh is the largest town in East Lothian, dating from the Roman invasion
around 80AD. Its rich history is still evident in the 13th century stone
bridge spanning the Esk, used by Edward II in his retreat from the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, and the Tolbooth, built circa 1590. The town takes
its name from the mussel beds at the mouth of the Esk, once a mainstay of
Tantallon Castle stares out to sea from its rocky headland, and nearby
you can explore the ancient harbour at Dunbar or take a boat ride round
the Bass Rock, home to the largest colony of Atlantic Gannets in the world,
a noisy, spectacular sight.
Watersports feature strongly on this strech of coast with surfers and
kayakers taking advantage of the waves in Dunbar, and sailors and kitesurfers
picking up on the wind around North Berwick.
The area is also a big draw for divers with a world-class variety of
shipwrecks and underwater cliff dives.
If you’re more inclined to stay dry whilst exploring the coast there
are plenty of sightseeing boat tours where you can spot puffins, seals and
even dolphins. Sea-fishing boating trips are also available for those looking
to catch their supper.
East Lothian offers the full gamut, from the Lammermuir Hills to the
south, to a coast rich in sandy beaches and imposing cliffs, with an expanse
of farmland lying between. Many walking routes pass through great vantage
points and there are hidden delights to discover with river valleys, woodland,
secret bays and historic sites. You can now walk the length of the East-Lothian
coast, and the John Muir Way runs for almost 73km from Edinburgh to the
With many well-marked routes in the area, there is something for every
level of cyclist to enjoy. Spokes, the Lothian cycle campaign, provides
a comprehensive cycle map of East Lothian which can be purchased online
You can also follow the routes on the cycle-tour maps, which have planned routes to follow. Please see sample below:
Cycling in Edinburgh & South East Scotland (Collins) 2001
Cycle Tours around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders (Philips) Nick Cotton 2002