Local Area


Aberlady is an attractive historic village on the beautiful East Lothian coast of Scotland, about 15 miles east of Edinburgh. The population is a little under 1200 in the village itself, rising to 1500 when you include the outlying communities of Craigielaw, Gosford, Luffness and Ballencrieff.

Aberlady Bay was Britain’s first local nature reserve (LNR), established in 1952. It is also part of the Firth of Forth site of special scientific interest (SSSI) because of its birds, plants and geology.

There are beautiful walks across the nature reserve on the east side of the bay, beginning by crossing the famous ‘footbridge to enchantment’, so named by local author Nigel Tranter.

Places to Eat

Ducks Hotel

Built in 1638, Duck’s is a charming Inn with the facilities of a hotel and the friendliness of a Bed and Breakfast. Ducks has been synonymous with fine dining since its early days in the centre of Edinburgh. The restaurant in Aberlady now offers similar delights and matching standards.

Grace of India

At Grace of India they use a combination of the finest quality ingredients and over 3 decades of experience and knowledge of their Head Chef to transport you to a different continent.

Sew in Stitches

Tea Room and Shop. Gluten free cakes and scones available. Bacon rolls and soup of the day can be served with gluten free rolls.

Golf Courses

There can be few more perfect places to play golf or have a golf break in the world than Scotland’s Golf Coast. With 21 golf courses along 30 miles of stunning coastline, East Lothian has everything you need for a great golf trip in Scotland. Situated just 30 minutes from Edinburgh, East Lothian is one of Scotland’s most beautiful, dry and sunny locations, providing the opportunity to play golf year around. With so many golf courses to play and places to stay in a small area, visitors to Scotland’s Golf Coast in East Lothian can focus on playing golf without having to spend time travelling.

North Berwick

Observe the Bass Rock, the largest gannet colony in the world, take a boat trip and see it up close and see the puffins seals and many other great sights. 

  • Sea fishing trips are available from the harbour.
  • North Berwick yacht club run sailing courses for all ages and standards.
  • Diving is very popular in the area especially off the Isle of May.
  • The Museum of flight is about 6 miles from Aberlady where Concorde can be toured, well worth a visit.
  • Tantallon and Direlton castles provide a spectacular taste of the regions history.
  • There are a range of bars and restaurants.
  • Regular train service to Edinburgh.


For the seaside lover the East Lothian coast line covers miles of empty beaches, beautiful sand dunes and exceptional bird life from Aberlady bay bird life sanctuary all the way to the Tyne estuary at Dunbar including Gullane beach, Yellowcraigs, North Berwick, Seacliff and the beautiful Tyninghame beach.

Other Activities in the surrounding area

John Muir Way, John Muir Park, East Links family park in Dunbar, Myreton Motor Museum, Musselburgh race course, Go cart centre at Gladsmuir, Glenkinchie Distillery, Belhaven brewery, walking in the Lammermuir hills (stunning views), great cycle routes (try the hill foot trail and stop for lunch in Garvald or Gifford), 4x4 driving school at Abbey St Bathans with quad biking also, fishing on the Tyne, the list is endless.