The Scottish Half Marathon is being held on Sunday, 24 September.

Start time and location

The event starts from Meadowmill at 11am.


Runners will then make their way along the A198 and through Longniddry, proceeding along the coast road towards Gosford House.

Competitors will then turn around and head back along the coast road until they reach the A198 junction with the B1348. They will continue along the B1348 to Cockenzie and Port Seton, where they will take a right turn towards the harbour and along the High Street, coming back onto the main road at the West Harbour Road junction.

The route continues towards and through Prestonpans, then past Prestongrange before entering Musselburgh. Runners will take a right turn at the Levelhall roundabout and then along the A199 before finishing at Musselburgh Racecourse.

View the route map.

Road closures and parking restrictions

There will be a number of road closures and parking restrictions in advance of and during the event. These have been divided into three 'zones' taking in the route.

Organisers have produced a booklet which sets out further details under 'Road Closures'.

Transport information

There will be Scottish Half Marathon event buses servicing Newcraighall Park and Ride, Musselburgh Grammar School and Wallyford Park and Ride for participants.

If you are travelling within Edinburgh and East Lothian, both Lothian Buses and East Coast Buses offer services on event day. Lothian Bus number 26 services Edinburgh, Musselburgh (finish area) and Prestonpans (start area) while the numbers 30 and 44 all service Musselburgh. East Coast Bus numbers 106, 113, 124 and 140 service Musselburgh (124 also services Prestonpans).

For further information please visit or Please be advised that due to road closures for the event, traffic may be rerouted through Musselburgh and take longer than advertised on your route planner.

Trains travelling to East Lothian from Edinburgh on Sunday 24 September will be replaced with rail replacement buses.

Please note these journeys may take longer than the usual train route, so please plan ahead in order to get to the start line on time.

Parking for those attending is extremely limited.

Further information.

Published: Tuesday, 19th September 2023