Exploring East Lothian's History and Heritage

East Lothian is a beautiful area with rolling countryside and a stunning and sometimes dramatic coastline. The region's unique position between the coast of the Firth of Forth and the Lammermuir Hills means that it has been favoured for settlement from the earliest times. A wealth of heritage, historical and cultural attractions await visitors to the area, including museums, galleries, castles and churches. More information can be found about these on the Visit East Lothian website where you can find out what to do in this wonderful part of Scotland whether you are visiting for a day or staying longer.

We have four fascinating museums and support two community museums in the main towns of the region which offer an ideal way to explore the heritage and history of our area through its material culture. Are you interested in industrial and social history? If so, a visit to Prestongrange Museum could be of interest to you and could be easily combined with a visit to Musselburgh Museum or a trip to Haddington to explore East Lothian's past at the John Gray Centre Museum.

If you would like to know more about renowned conservation pioneer John Muir or are already a fan, a visit to his birthplace in Dunbar is highly recommended and could be combined with visiting the historic Town House and its Museum and Gallery or by visiting the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick.

East Lothian's towns and villages are picturesque and have plenty of interesting and unique shops and delicious cafes and restaurants. Our staff are very knowledgeable about their local area and would be delighted to chat about what there is to do and see. We look forward to welcoming you!