Things to do in East Lothian
East Lothian stands as an underexplored gem, brimming with remarkable attractions that await your exploration. For those fortunate enough to choose a Haven Seton Sands Holiday Park as their base, there is plenty to do within easy reach of your accommodation.
From historic castles and distilleries to wildlife spotting and outdoor adventures, East Lothian offers an array of experiences that promise to make your stay truly unforgettable. In this guide, we invite you to embark on a journey through the best attractions in East Lothian, ensuring that your holiday is nothing short of wonderful.
A short drive along the coastline from Seton Sands lies the quaint seaside town of North Berwick. Immerse yourself in its delightful atmosphere as you stroll along its sandy shores with splendid views of the Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth across to Fife, indulge in freshly caught seafood, and explore its vibrant shops and cafes.
Don't miss the opportunity to take a boat trip to the nearby Bass Rock, home to one of the world's largest colonies of gannets. The rugged coastline, charming streets, and warm hospitality of North Berwick are not to be missed.
Address: North Berwick EH39 5PN
Step back in time as you set foot in the awe-inspiring Tantallon Castle. Perched majestically atop cliffs overlooking the North Sea, this medieval fortress offers a captivating glimpse into Scotland's storied past.
Explore the dramatic ruins, stand in awe of its formidable walls, and take in the breathtaking views of the sea. The castle's rich history and scenic beauty create an experience that will leave you truly mesmerised.
East Links Family Park
Address: East Links Family Park, Dunbar EH42 1XF
Families staying at Seton Sands will find a glut of entertainment at the East Links Family Park. From farm animals to go-karting, and trampolines to a thrilling adventure playground, this park offers a wide range of activities that will delight both young and old. Make memories with your loved ones over a day of laughter, play, and shared experiences.
Dirleton Castle and Gardens
Address: Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER
Discover the serene beauty of Dirleton Village, home to the charming Dirleton Castle and its exquisite gardens. Wander through manicured lawns, fragrant flowers, and centuries-old architecture. While some parts of the castle are closed for repairs, a great deal of the ancient halls can still be walked freely and explored.
Finally, immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the gardens and explore the historic village, where time seems to stand still.
Scottish Seabird Centre
Address: The Harbour, Harbour Terrace, North Berwick EH39 4SS
Uncover the captivating wildlife that populates the shoreline at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Through interactive exhibits and live camera feeds, you can delve into the lives of seabirds that inhabit the nearby islands and cliffs. Watch puffins, gannets, and seals in their natural habitat and gain a newfound appreciation for the coastal ecosystems that make East Lothian truly special.
National Museum of Flight
Address: East Fortune Airfield, B1347, North Berwick EH39 5LF
From birds to planes! Discover the thrill of aviation history at East Lothian's National Museum of Flight. Located in the historic East Fortune Airfield, this museum takes you on a fascinating journey through the world of flight and aerospace innovation. Wander among a diverse 4-hanger collection of aircraft, from iconic Concorde to vintage biplanes, and delve into interactive exhibits that bring the stories of pioneering pilots and groundbreaking technology to life.
With other outdoor displays showcasing impressive planes and helicopters, the museum offers an immersive experience that leaves you inspired by the human spirit of exploration that made flight possible.
Address: Pencaitland, Tranent EH34 5ET
Glenkinchie stands tall as one of the Four Corners distilleries of Johnnie Walker, ready to welcome you. It distils the renowned Edinburgh Malt, enjoyed worldwide both on its own and as a pivotal component of Johnnie Walker whiskies.
You can enjoy a tour to the recently reopened Visitor Centre to learn the ins and outs of the distillation process and maybe even get a few samples on the way! It’s a truly informative and thoroughly enjoyable experience that might leave you a little merrier than when you went in!