Where to go in East Lothian on your campervan hire in Scotland
Officially the sunniest area of Scotland, East Lothian is a picturesque area east of the capital city Edinburgh with plenty to enjoy for adventurers, couple and families. The most dramatic part of the region is undoubtedly the 40 or so miles of coastline running from Musselburgh round to Dunbar. Here you’ll find a string of golden beaches, such as Gullane, Yellowcraig and Dunbar, plus some spectacular cliffs and world class links golf courses to rival Ayrshire and Fife, including Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick.
Here is our top picks of where to go and what to do when you hire your campervan in Scotland.
Tour your campervan rental round the Medieval Castles
East Lothian has 30 castles, from the dramatic Tantallon Castle which towers over Bass Rock, to the hidden Hailes Castle with its connections to Mary Queen of Scots. Dirleton Castle is the most intact and the tiny remains of Dunbar Castle overlooking the harbour, the least. Tantallon, Hailes and Dirleton are all managed by Historic Environment Scotland.
Scotland is fortunate to receive visitors from far and wide but few travellers face as challenging a trip as the hordes of seabirds that descend on our coastlines year on year. Head to the 5-star, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick to get a completely different perspective on these fascinating adventurers in their natural habitat. The Scottish Seabird Centre offers a fantastic range of Firth of Forth Boat Trips from Easter through to Autumn. Passengers can hop on board a 55 seat catamaran for a 45 minute crossing between North Berwick and Anstruther or enjoy a leisurely cruise to Craigleith and the world-famous Bass Rock to see all the wonderful wildlife in its natural habitat. The exclusive Bass Rock landing trips on the biggest gannet colony are an unforgettable experience for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Other good boat trips are offered by Braveheart Boat Trips – small and friendly boat trips for up to 11 sailing from North Berwick Harbour; Forth Wild – unique private tours in a Thalassa high speed boat for up to 10 passengers; Forth Boat Tours – provides trips for up to 65 passengers on Sula II, a traditional sea-going historic ship, from North Berwick Harbour to the world-famous Bass Rock.
Coast to Coast has an established reputation for high quality surf and adventure sports teaching, with a team of experienced instructors offering a wide range of quality lessons and courses in the sports of Surfing, Bodyboarding, Stand Up Paddling and Coasteering. For the more adventurous they also run tours and trips to the most remote edges of Scotland’s beautiful and varied coastline.
GoSup offer a range of stand up paddleboard hire, guided tours, lessons, and kayak hire, allowing you to go beyond the beach and explore North Berwick and the surrounding coastline from a whole new perspective. The Firth of Forth has some breathtaking places to visit and what better way to do it than on a stand up paddleboard.
Foxlake Adventures was Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park and has the the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Nestled in beautiful woodland on the edge of the John Muir Way, Foxlake promises a perfect day trip venue for lovers of the outdoors, adventure and water sports!
Musselburgh Racecourse is ones of East Lothian’s 5-star visitor attractions and one of the UK’s most stylish racecourses. Whether it’s the engrossing thrill of the race or to ingle with the socialites head there for a day to remember.
The Museum of Flight houses over 40 military and civil aeroplanes, in historic RAF hangars for permanent year round exhibitions including a spectacular airshow in July.The biggest attraction is the supersonic Concorde as well as the chance to step inside a Boeing 707.
East Links Family Park is a farm based activity park suitable for all ages. With a 1km train safari running through paddocks of friendly farm animals, go karts, trampolines, soft play, a ball blast area and multi level fortress it’s a particular hot for families with young children.
Tantallon Arts & Crafts Studio is situated near North Berwick on the spectacular East Lothian coast, Tantallon Studios is a family business and working artist studio. Open year-round, visitors can meet the artists and relax in the beautiful garden boasting unrestricted views of Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock. Art classes in drawing, painting, and tile painting for all abilities and age groups are taught by professional Scottish artists.