East Lothian stretches east from Musselburgh, to the east of Edinburgh, along the coast to North Berwick and Dunbar. This is real golfing country, with a string of excellent courses running the length of the coast, and there are miles of sandy beaches. The East Lothian coast is also home to huge colonies of seabirds, especially on the Bass Rock, a dramatic volcanic islet off North Berwick. Inland is the attractive historic market town of Haddington, and further south the village of Gifford is the gateway to the Lammermuir Hills, which form the boundary with the Borders region and offer good walking opportunities.
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There are good transport links with Edinburgh and most of the main sights can be visited in a few day trips from the capital. The Lothian Regional Transport (LRT) runs bus services through the various parts of East Lothian and Edinburgh giving a strong connection to the local transport links. Trains from Edinburgh stop in Musselburgh, Prestonpans, North Berwick and Dunbar. There are also regular buses to all the main towns. For more information on East Lothian and for a free accommodation, contact Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board (Tel 0131-4733800, Fax 4733881, Edinburgh Travel Information or East Lothian TICs in Musselburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar.
Located between Edinburgh and the East coast of Scotland facing the North Sea, East Lothian is a collection of excellent golf-courses, lovely dune beaches and small prosperous villages that enjoy both long hours of sunshine and the at times ruinous north sea winds.