East Lothian

Just outside of Edinburgh on the east coast of Scotland, lies a collection of golf courses stretching from Musselburgh, right on the edge of the capital city, to Dunbar 30 miles to the east.

The county of East Lothian, also known as the Cradle of Golf, is not just about links golf - it has a superb collection of inland and parkland golf courses that guarantee an enjoyable variety of golf challenges during a golf tour.

We have chosen some classics for you to try, including four Open Final Qualifying venues.

Perhaps the most famous course in East Lothian is Muirfield, home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Muirfield was the venue for the 2013 British Open Championship. Beyond this Open Championship course, North Berwick and Dunbar are two of the most challenging golf courses in the area. Choose from the list on the right to find out more about each of the courses.


Golf Tour Packages

For an idea of the tour options you might like to consider which include playing golf courses in East Lothian, take a look at our suggested packages below, or visit our golf tours section.

Shorter golfing breaks we suggest, which are based just in East Lothian, are the:

Featured accommodation

Hotels in East Lothian are well geared to the needs of the golfer and our featured accommodation is some of the best in the area. Golf courses here are so close together that our suggested hotels are centrally located for each course, but still close enough to Edinburgh to fit in some sightseeing in Scotland's historic and scenic capital city.


While visiting East Lothian we recommend making time to visit Glenkinchie malt whisky distillery, just a short drive from North Berwick. This distillery dates back to the Victorian era and houses the largest pot stills in Scotland.


Getting to East Lothian

Edinburgh airport, which overs an increasing choice of transatlantic and European flights is only 50 minutes away. Glasgow International Airport is around an hour and a half by car. The Zeebrugge to Rosyth ferry service makes East Lothian very convenient for visitors from Northern Europe.


Some history of golf in East Lothian