A transport plan has been confirmed ahead of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane.

  • The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will take place at Gullane Golf Club from July 11-15, 2018
  • Stars including defending champion Rafa Cabrera Bello, five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson and 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed will tee it up in Gullane
  • Spectators are encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of FREE park and ride system

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open returns to Gullane Golf Club on July 11-15, 2018, and a range of transport options are available for spectators, who are urged to make travel plans in advance and stick to organised routes, as they make their way to see some of golf’s biggest stars in action.

Gullane last hosted Scotland’s national open in 2015, when American star Rickie Fowler – who returns this year – lifted the trophy. Following the success of that event the same transport plan will be adopted to ensure that the expected 50,000 fans can effectively plan their journeys, while avoiding congestion in the town.

Fans are being encouraged to take advantage of the free park and ride  services on offer from the public car park at Muirfield Fields or the free shuttle service  operated by East Coast Buses from North Berwick Railway Station. There is no public parking facility at the course itself.

Specific routes have also been identified to ensure as little disruption as possible to both Gullane residents and those travelling to and from the event. These routings bring spectators to the public car park from the East, and therefore avoid congestion in Gullane.

Members of the public who are not attending the Scottish Open should also try, where possible, to find alternative routes and avoid the A198 through Gullane in particular.

The key points from the transport plan are:

  • There is no public parking at Gullane Golf Club
  • There will be a complimentary shuttle bus  from the public car park at Muirfield Fields to the course
  • Visitors not attending the tournament should avoid using the A198 as this could cause significant delays
  • Scotrail will operate a regular train service from Edinburgh to North Berwick. A free shuttle service operated by East Coast Buses will operate from North Berwick railway station
  • Those travelling by car should use the A1 and exit at the Oak Tree Junction at Haddington
  • Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction of West Links Road and Main Street in Gullane
  • Anyone using the A7 and A68 should follow signs to Haddington via the A6093 and then follow the appropriate AA signs
  • The will be a “shoppers” car park at the north end of East Links Road to facilitate everyday access in Gullane. Maximum stay one hour

During the event there will be two minor road closures in Gullane – Goose Green Road and West Links Road. Parking suspensions and speed restrictions will also be in place, which will be indicated by signs on the locations. Additional restrictions will be in place in North Berwick, Longniddry, Aberlady and Drem to prevent traffic disruptions to and from Gullane. The TellMeScotland site holds details on dates, times and extents of the restrictions.

Rory Colville, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Championship Director, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming over 50,000 fans to Gullane Golf Club this July to see a world-class field in action, including defending champion Rafa Cabrera Bello, 2015 winner Rickie Fowler and Major champions Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, and Henrik Stenson.

“We have once again adopted the successful plan from our last tournament here in 2015, to make the journey to the course as smooth as possible for travelling fans and minimise disruption for local residents. We would encourage travelling fans to follow our guidance to make their own journey as simple as possible and assist the local community.”

Paul Bush, Director of Events with VisitScotland, said: “Scotland has a great track record of not only hosting the world’s most prestigious golf events, but also the best organised, and we expect the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane to be no different. This plan will allow the thousands of spectators to attend the event as easily as possible while ensuring residents and businesses in the town can take advantage of having such a high profile international sporting event on their own doorstep.”

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “Obviously we want as many visitors as possible to come and enjoy the amazing golf that will be played at Gullane during the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

“Our sustainable transport plan for spectators worked extremely well last time we hosted the event so I hope many people will once again take advantage of the very convenient options available and choose to leave the car at home. These options also give visitors the chance to linger in Gullane, enjoy a warm local welcome and sample some of the local hospitality.”

Published: Friday, 6th July 2018