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An intersting and ancient market town

Musselburgh by Barbara Carr - CC BY-SA 2.0

This welcoming town is located on the stunning Firth of Forth coast, just six miles from the magnificent city of Edinburgh.

Musselburgh is known as the ‘Honest Town’, an identity which is celebrated with the annual election of the Honest Lad and Lass. Located at the meeting point of the River Esk and the sea, this traditional East Lothian community is best known for its prestigious racecourse and golf course.

It was developed as a port to rival neighbouring Edinburgh in the 12th century. Today, it’s still a popular base for fishing and pleasure boating. As you explore Musselburgh, you’ll stumble upon a number of impressive historical buildings, including the elegant Newhailes House, which dates back to the 18th century. Look out for the Tolbooth, on the High Street, one of the finest buildings of its kind in Scotland.

Nearby city of Edinburgh

A horseracing venue since the early 1800S, Musselburgh Racecourse is a fun place for a day out. Enjoy a dazzling display of racing, with award-winning facilities, renowned hospitality and a programme of exciting events, including Ladies Day and family race days. The racecourse is also home to the prestigious nine-hole Musselburgh Links, which dates back to 1672, making it the world’s oldest golf course.

For world-class comedy, drama, dance, music and children’s entertainment, check out The Brunton , a newly renovated theatre with an exciting year-round programme of shows.

For a glimpse into the town’s past, visit Musselburgh Museum. From its early days as a Roman settlement to medieval upheaval and centre of industry during World War II, the turbulent history of this fascinating community is meticulously documented in a series of informative exhibits.

For a bite to eat in Musselburgh, check out the Tolbooth, a popular café and restaurant on the High Street. Expect homemade cakes, good coffee and an extensive menu of fresh, beautifully presented dishes. Mains include baked fillet of wild salmon, shallot puree, beetroot and fennel, and Scottish crab, chicken consommé tomato jelly and coriander.

“This welcoming town is located on the stunning Firth of Forth coast, just six miles from the magnificent city of Edinburgh.”

Much of Scotland’s most magnificent architecture can be found in Edinburgh, just down the road from Musselburgh. This lively city is famous for its annual Fringe Festival, when thousands of performers take to the stage, and is home to a vibrant culture and variety of independent shops and restaurants. Edinburgh also has a number of beautiful parks and gardens to explore. For spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside, visit Hollyrood Park and climb Arthur’s Seat, a towering hill and extinct volcano.

While you’re there

Inveresk Lodge Garden

An inviting terraced garden withcolourful herbaceous. shrub and rose beds.

The Brunton

An amazing venue for music, theatre, dance, comedy, children's shows and film.


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