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Convenient access to the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh yet located on the beautiful East Lothian coastline.
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Nestled at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills in the heart of the East Lothian countryside, Thurston Manor is a family friendly park offering the perfect base to explore everything the south east coast has to offer.
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East Lothian Visitor's Guide

East Lothian, a Scottish gem, offers a blend of wild, natural beauty and vibrant local culture. Picture yourself strolling along pristine beaches or teeing off at world-renowned golf courses. Foodies, get ready for fresh seafood plucked straight from the North Sea, and don't miss the local farmers' markets for a taste of the region's best. Adrenaline junkies can surf at Dunbar or hike the iconic North Berwick Law. And here's a quirky fact: East Lothian is home to the world's oldest golf course, Musselburgh Links. For a cosy retreat, whether it's a couple's escape, a family outing, or a chill with pals, opting for a lodge stay is unbeatable.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in East Lothian?

East Lothian is a gem on the Scottish coast, with its rolling countryside and picturesque villages. It's not just about the stunning landscapes; the area is steeped in history, from ancient battlefields to grand stately homes. In 2024, East Lothian is upping the ante with new attractions and events, including the vibrant East Lothian Food and Drink Festival. Lodges offer a personal, homely base compared to the often impersonal hotel experience. They're tucked away in nature, providing privacy and a sense of escape. East Lothian's unique draw is its blend of tranquil countryside and lively coastal towns, all within a stone's throw of Edinburgh.

If you're visiting East Lothian with kids

Absolutely, East Lothian is a playground for kids! With beaches for sandcastle building, the National Museum of Flight for budding pilots, and Tantallon Castle to spark their imagination, there's no shortage of adventures. Lodges give families space to spread out, with living areas for game nights and gardens for playtime. They're a home-from-home, with the freedom to set your own schedule.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for the beach or pool
  3. Windbreaker jackets – the weather can be unpredictable
  4. Binoculars for bird watching at Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve
  5. A kite for the beach – the winds are perfect
  6. Bucket and spade for beach days
  7. Portable night light for unfamiliar bedrooms
  8. Outdoor toys for garden playtime at the lodge

Pet Friendly East Lothian Adventures

East Lothian welcomes pets with open arms. Many lodges have enclosed gardens, perfect for your furry friends. When you're out, stop by The Ship Inn in North Berwick or The Dog House in Musselburgh, where pets are greeted as warmly as humans. For a hassle-free trip, always check pet policies in advance and bring your dog's bed to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in East Lothian

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
John Muir Way - North Berwick section 2.5 Coastal views, golf courses EH39 4DB
Gullane to Yellowcraig Beach 3 Beach, dunes, woodland EH31 2BE
Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve Variable Wetlands, wildlife EH32 0PY
Pressmennan Wood 2 Lake, forest EH42 1TF
Dunbar Cliff Top Trail 1.5 Cliff views, harbour EH42 1XF

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, East Lothian's lodges are a top pick. Imagine chilling with your other half in a hot tub under the stars – that's the kind of vibe you get here. There are lodges that go the extra mile with pamper packs and some even have on-site spa facilities to really up the relaxation game. For dining, you've got options from cosy pub grub to fancy restaurants – perfect for candlelit dinners and long, wine-fuelled chats. And if you fancy a night in, many lodges offer plush living spaces where you can cuddle up and watch the world go by.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

East Lothian's grub is all about fresh seafood and local produce. Think Cullen Skink or a hearty haggis. For a family-friendly spot, hit up The Lobster Shack in North Berwick – it's casual, and the seafood is top-notch. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of The Waterside Bistro in Haddington, with its river views and locally-sourced menu. Both spots give you a real taste of what East Lothian has to offer.

For a good night out

East Lothian's got you covered for a solid night out. If you're after a pint and some live music, The Tyneside Tavern is a winner. It's got a cracking atmosphere and the locals swear by it. For something a bit more upmarket, The Glenkinchie Distillery offers tours and tastings – perfect for whisky lovers. And if you're into your ales, The Nether Abbey Hotel has a great selection and a buzzing vibe.

Fishing

Anglers, listen up: East Lothian is a bit of a hotspot for fishing. Here's a quick rundown of where you can cast your line:

  • Markle Fisheries - EH41 4PL
  • East Lothian Angling Association - Various locations, check their website
  • Monktonhall Trout Fishery - EH21 8RZ
  • Tranent Loch - EH33 2QG

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, East Lothian doesn't disappoint. Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar offers everything from wakeboarding to ropes courses. Prices vary, but you're looking at around £15-£30 for most activities. They're open year-round, but it's best to check ahead in winter. Then there's Coast to Coast Surf School for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding – expect to pay about £35 for a lesson. They're seasonal, so hit them up between April and October.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
Fringe of GoldBoutiqueLocal crafts, giftsEH31 2HB
North Berwick Woollen MillTraditional ShopScottish knitwearEH39 4HQ
Dunbar Craft StudioArtisan ShopHandmade goods, workshopsEH42 1JH
The Scottish Seabird Centre Gift ShopEco-friendly GiftsWildlife-themed souvenirsEH39 4SS
Haddington Farmers' MarketMarketLocal produce, edible treatsEH41 3HA

East Lothian's shopping scene is a treasure trove for unique finds and souvenirs. Whether you're after artisan crafts or Scottish classics like fine knitwear, you'll find something to remember your trip by.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in East Lothian

Drummohr Lodges, East Lothian

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (7.19 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Drummohr Lodges offer a serene getaway combining coastal charm with luxury living, including hot tubs and sea views, all within a stone's throw of Edinburgh's vibrant city life.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families and couples seeking a tranquil retreat with the convenience of city attractions nearby. The luxury lodges with their contemporary decor and private verandas are a hit for those looking for a blend of relaxation and exploration.

What can you do here? Onsite, guests can enjoy the children’s playground, a quaint shop, and picturesque dog walks. For dining, Musselburgh offers a variety of eateries just a short drive away. The lodges themselves are perfect for a cosy night in or a BBQ on the veranda.

What's nearby? Explore the John Muir Way for stunning coastal walks, or hit the links with 21 golf courses in East Lothian. Attractions like the Scottish Seabird Centre and the National Museum of Flight are within easy reach, providing entertainment for all ages.

Accommodation options: Drummohr Lodges offer a range of luxury accommodations, including the pet-friendly Forth Lodge and Lothian Lodge, both with hot tubs. The Pentland Lodge and Melville Retreat cater to those looking for a pet-free environment.


Thurston Manor, East Lothian

Driving Distance: About 23 minutes (18.89 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Thurston Manor is a family oasis nestled in the Lammermuir Hills, offering a range of activities and accommodations, including luxury lodges and caravans, without the option of a hot tub.

Who will love these lodges? Families and active travellers will adore the park's indoor pool, gym, and seasonal entertainment. The tranquil setting makes it a perfect escape for those looking to unwind amidst nature.

What can you do here? Onsite facilities include a heated pool, gym, and children’s activities. The lounge bar and restaurant provide dining options, while the surrounding area is great for coastal walks and exploring local towns.

What's nearby? Discover the charm of nearby coastal towns like Dunbar and North Berwick, or enjoy discounts on local activities such as watersports and bike hire.

Accommodation options: Thurston Manor offers a selection of luxury Limetree Lodges, with options for up to six guests. While pets and hot tubs are not available in these lodges, the comfort and style are second to none.


Pease Bay Holiday Park, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 30 minutes (23.35 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Pease Bay Holiday Park is a coastal haven with direct beach access, offering a range of family-friendly accommodations and activities, but without hot tub facilities.

Who will love these lodges? Beach lovers and families will be drawn to the park's stunning location and array of amenities, including seasonal entertainment and dining options.

What can you do here? Enjoy the park's restaurant, bar, and children’s play area, or venture out for watersports and golf. The park's direct beach access is perfect for a day of sun and sand.

What's nearby? Take advantage of nearby historical sites, museums, and the opportunity for birdwatching along the Berwickshire coast.

Accommodation options: The park offers a variety of lodges, including the pet-friendly Fern Lodge One and Limetree Lodges, catering to couples and families up to six guests.


Coldingham Bay Leisure Park, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 43 minutes (32.85 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Coldingham Bay Leisure Park offers a tranquil countryside escape with cosy caravans and luxury lodges, set within beautifully landscaped grounds and close to sandy beaches.

Who will love these lodges? Those looking for a peaceful retreat will appreciate the park’s serene setting and the nearby beach. It’s perfect for couples and families wanting to explore the Scottish Borders.

What can you do here? The park features The Drift Inn for dining, a children’s play area, and a Discovery Trail. While there are no hot tubs, the natural beauty of the park offers ample relaxation.

What's nearby? Coldingham Bay beach is just over a mile away, and the area is rich in activities, with discounts available for guests.

Accommodation options: Choose from a selection of cosy caravans or opt for a luxury lodge, all designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing stay in the heart of the countryside.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In East Lothian

Tantallon Castle

  • Opening Times: Vary seasonally, check online before visiting
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Child £3.60, Concession £4.80
  • Postcode: EH39 5PN
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress, offering breathtaking views over the Bass Rock. It's perfect for those who love exploring historic sites and taking in coastal scenery. There's always something new to discover around its massive curtain wall and towers. The best time to visit is on a clear day when the views are unbeatable. To make the most of your visit, grab a guidebook and learn about the castle's dramatic past.

Phone number: 01620 892727 | Web: Tantallon Castle


Musselburgh Racecourse

  • Opening Times: Race days vary, check the schedule online
  • Prices: Varies per event, with discounts for advance booking
  • Postcode: EH21 7RG
  • Est. time required: A full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Musselburgh Racecourse is a top pick for a day of excitement and elegance. It's a hit with groups looking for a thrilling day out. They've got themed race days and family-friendly events throughout the year. To get the best experience, dress up for the occasion and consider a hospitality package. Check the weather forecast and arrive early to soak up the atmosphere.

Phone number: 0131 665 2859 | Web: Musselburgh Racecourse


Myreton Motor Museum

  • Opening Times: 11am - 4pm, closed in winter
  • Prices: Adult £7, Child £3
  • Postcode: EH32 0PZ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Myreton Motor Museum is a gem for car enthusiasts, packed with vintage vehicles and memorabilia. It's a family-run spot that's been around since 1966. They've got everything from classic cars to old bicycles. The best time to visit is during the summer when you can also enjoy a picnic in the grounds. Remember to check out the gift shop for some unique souvenirs.

Phone number: 01875 870288


East Links Family Park

  • Opening Times: 10am - 5pm, seasonal variations
  • Prices: Adult £14.50, Child £12.50, Under 2s free
  • Postcode: EH42 1XF
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

East Links Family Park is a hit with kids and adults alike. It's an animal-themed park with a train safari, go-karts, and a fort to explore. They're always adding new attractions to keep things fresh. Visit in the spring to see baby animals or during special events for extra fun. Wear comfortable shoes and don't miss the giant maze!

Phone number: 01368 863607 | Web: East Links Family Park


Dirleton Castle

  • Opening Times: Check online, seasonal variations
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Child £3.60, Concession £4.80
  • Postcode: EH39 5ER
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Village parking, short walk to the castle

Dirleton Castle is a medieval fortress with stunning gardens. It's perfect for those who appreciate architecture and horticulture. The castle's impressive ruins are a photographer's dream, and the gardens are beautifully maintained. Visit during the summer for the full bloom of the gardens. Tip: the dovecote is a must-see, and the nearby village of Dirleton is charming for a post-visit stroll.

Phone number: 01620 850330 | Web: Dirleton Castle


Scottish Seabird Centre

  • Opening Times: 10am - 5pm, check for winter hours
  • Prices: Adult £9.95, Child £5.95, Concession £7.95
  • Postcode: EH39 4SS
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby public parking

The Scottish Seabird Centre is an award-winning attraction that's all about wildlife conservation. It's ideal for nature lovers and families. They've got interactive exhibits and live cameras on local wildlife hotspots. The boat trips to Bass Rock are a highlight. For the best seabird sightings, visit during breeding season from April to July. Don't forget your binoculars, and check out the café for its stunning sea views.

Phone number: 01620 890202 | Web: Scottish Seabird Centre


When planning your trip to East Lothian, consider staying in one of the many lodges available. Lodges in East Lothian offer a unique experience, combining comfort with the beauty of the Scottish countryside. They're a great base for exploring these attractions and more. So, pack your bags and get ready for some unforgettable days out!

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In East Lothian

Dirleton Castle

  • Opening Times: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (Summer), 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Winter)
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Child £3.60, Concession £4.80
  • Postcode: EH39 5ER
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

If you're after a slice of Scottish heritage, Dirleton Castle is your go-to. It's a medieval fortress with a picturesque garden that's perfect for families and history enthusiasts. The castle often hosts events, so check what's on before you go. The best time to visit is on a sunny day when the gardens are in full bloom. Tip: Grab a guidebook for a small fee to enrich your exploration.

Phone number: 01620 850330 | Web: historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/dirleton-castle


North Berwick Law

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: EH39 5PP
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Law Road or North Berwick town centre

For a day out with a view, hike up North Berwick Law. This extinct volcano offers panoramic views of the coast and countryside. It's a hit with walkers and photographers. There's no better time to visit than early morning or late afternoon for the golden light. Wear comfy shoes, and don't forget your camera!

Web: visiteastlothian.org/attractions/north-berwick-law


Musselburgh Racecourse

  • Opening Times: Varies per event
  • Prices: Varies per event
  • Postcode: EH21 7RG
  • Est. time required: A full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Fancy a flutter? Musselburgh Racecourse is a top pick for a thrilling day out. It's one of the UK's oldest racecourses and offers a mix of flat and jump racing. Dress to impress, especially on Ladies Day. Book in advance for the best deals, and consider a hospitality package for an extra special experience.

Phone number: 0131 665 2859 | Web: musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk


Tantallon Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Child £3.60, Concession £4.80
  • Postcode: EH39 5PN
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined cliff-top fortress that's seriously impressive. It's ideal for families and anyone keen on Scotland's tumultuous past. The castle's dramatic location makes for some epic photos, so visit on a clear day. Don't miss the views of Bass Rock. Tip: Check out the dovecot, a unique feature of the castle grounds.

Phone number: 01620 892727 | Web: historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/tantallon-castle


Scottish Seabird Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adult £9.95, Child £5.95, Concession £7.95
  • Postcode: EH39 4SS
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby public parking

Wildlife lovers, make a beeline for the Scottish Seabird Centre. It's an interactive hub where you can control live cameras to zoom in on nature's drama. Spring and summer are the best times to see puffins and gannets. Tip: Take a boat trip from the centre for an unforgettable experience.

Phone number: 01620 890202 | Web: seabird.org


East Links Family Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adult/Child £15.95, Under 2s Free
  • Postcode: EH42 1XF
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

East Links Family Park is a hit with kids and the young at heart. It's a farm-themed activity park with animals, go-karts, and a train safari. It's especially fun for toddlers and primary school-aged children. Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Tip: Buy your tickets online to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 01368 863607 | Web: eastlinks.co.uk


Remember, if you're planning a longer stay, there are plenty of cosy lodges in East Lothian to make your base. They offer the perfect blend of comfort and convenience, ensuring you're well-rested for your adventures in this stunning part of Scotland.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, plus the added luxury of nature right on your doorstep. Lodges in East Lothian often come with modern amenities, spacious living areas, and sometimes even a private hot tub. It's a chance to unwind, explore the outdoors, and spend quality time with loved ones.

What should I pack when visiting East Lothian?

Pack for adventure and relaxation. Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring the coastline and countryside, and don't forget your swimwear for the hot tub or beach. Include layers for changeable weather, and if you're self-catering, some basic food supplies to get you started.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in East Lothian offer convenient parking, often right outside your accommodation. It's super handy for unloading your gear and makes day trips to local attractions like Tantallon Castle or Muirfield Golf Course a breeze.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun in East Lothian! Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Plus, there are plenty of indoor attractions nearby, like the Scottish Seabird Centre or the National Museum of Flight.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Local supermarkets and a variety of takeaways offer delivery services to lodges. For a special treat, check out local farm shops or seafood suppliers for fresh, local produce to cook up in your lodge kitchen.

Is East Lothian a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

East Lothian is a gem year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at popular spots like North Berwick and lower rates for lodges. Plus, the winter scenery is stunning, especially if you're cosied up in a lodge with a view.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

You bet! Hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and maintained between guests for your peace of mind. So, you can jump straight in and start relaxing as soon as you arrive.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in East Lothian?

Yes, many lodges welcome furry friends, so your pet doesn't have to miss out on the fun. Just check the lodge's pet policy when booking, and remember to bring supplies for your pet's stay.

What local activities can we do near our lodge?

East Lothian is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Try your hand at golfing, go birdwatching, or take a boat trip to the Bass Rock. For a family day out, visit East Links Family Park or hit the beaches at Gullane and Yellowcraig.

Is there Wi-Fi in the lodges?

Most lodges offer Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected if you wish. It's perfect for streaming movies on a quiet night in or sharing your holiday snaps with friends. However, it's always a good idea to check with your specific lodge for any connectivity quirks.

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