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Make a holiday cottage in East Lothian your home away from home

Located just east of Edinburgh, East Lothian feels miles away from the big city. The region is renowned for its natural beauty, castles, and wildlife. Not surprisingly, it is a popular holiday spot and HomeAway has a large selection of stunning East Lothian holiday cottages and apartments to accommodate all sorts of visitors. The outdoors is the main attraction in East Lothian. Despite being so close to Edinburgh, it is a haven for local wildlife and offers romantic rural and coastal landscapes. Romantic walks on the beach, bird watching, sea excursions, hiking, and biking are all popular activities here, especially in the spring and summer months. Holiday cottages in East Lothian come in all shapes and sizes, but are all furnished to a high standard. Many are located right next to the water, whilst others are tucked away in a more secluded setting.

Things to do

-Sightseeing: John Muir Country Park was named after the famous Scottish-American naturalist. The park is located on a stretch of coastline in Dunbar, his birthplace. It is a tranquil setting that has been left largely untouched. It’s a wonderful place to explore and is also home to the ruins of Dunbar Castle. The castle played integral roles in several major battles over the centuries and now proudly sits over a tranquil harbour.

-Historical attractions: Dirleton Castle is one of the oldest surviving castles in Scotland and is situated in the peaceful village of Dirleton, which is home to several East Lothian holiday houses. Its towers date back all the way to 1240 and remains of a pit-prison, several storage vaults, and a chapel also still exist. One of the highlights of the grounds is the garden that surrounds the castle. Though gardens have been on the premises for hundreds of centuries, the latest incarnation dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

-Natural attractions: The Scottish Seabird Centre is located at the very tip of North Berwick; an ideal spot for seabird watching. The centre is an educational centre aimed at both children and adults. Visitors can learn about the different kinds of seabirds that inhabit the local shores. The centre also operates seasonal bird watching cruises.

-Sport: Musselburgh Racecourse hosts an average of 25 race days a year and offers up fun and Scottish hospitality. Children under 17 are admitted free to the venue and each adult ticket comes with a free race card. Horse racing is a unique experience that the whole family can enjoy. The horses featured on Musselburgh’s turf track are some of the best in the UK. Along with races, Musselburgh has a restaurant and bar, and offers all kinds of pre- and post-race entertainment, especially in the summer months.

-Cultural attractions: The Glenkinchie Distillery is a producer of one of Scotland’s finest single malt whiskies. A popular trip for visitors in East Lothian holiday homes, it is situated just two miles south of the village of Pencaitland and provides several tours of its facilities daily. Because of its proximity to Edinburgh (20 miles away), Glenkinchie is widely known as the ‘Edinburgh Malt’ and is famous for its light, floral, and fragrant aromas and flavours. The distillery tour takes visitors through how the whisky is produced and ends with a tasting session. The tour lasts around 90 minutes.

Weather in East Lothian

East Lothian is not known for its warm weather, but tourists and locals make the most of it. High temperatures remain steadily above 10°C from April to October, peaking in July and August when it heats up to 17°C on average. Winters are chilly, but the coastline prevents freezing temperatures most of the time. It rains an average of 5 days per month with April being the driest month.

Travel to East Lothian

Because it is such a rural area, most visitors choose to drive to their East Lothian holiday accommodation. The M1 and A1 make up the best direct route to the region. It runs north from London, through the centre of England, and then directly to East Lothian before reaching Edinburgh. Several towns (Musselburgh, Prestonpans, North Berwick, and Dunbar) in East Lothian have rail stations that are serviced by trains from Edinburgh.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (23 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Cottage #1696877
    23
    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.6/5
      (22 reviews)
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      • 4 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 10
      Apartment #1011251
      22
      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (8 reviews)
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        • 4 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 8
        Cottage #8146407
        8
        Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
          Excellent! 4.3/5
          (12 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 6 BR
          • 5 BA
          • Sleeps 12
          House #1734020
          12
          Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (8 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Caravan #6706575
            8
            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #6716104
              1
              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (23 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 3 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                House #1123466
                23
                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Apartment #6498813
                  3
                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (7 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Apartment #8126800
                    7
                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #1730039
                      3
                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (3 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 4 BR
                        • 3 BA
                        • Sleeps 8
                        Cottage #1055015
                        3
                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (5 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #6750414
                          5
                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (13 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Apartment #1797585
                            13
                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                              (14 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #423494
                              14
                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (6 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Apartment #8153197
                                6
                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                  (57 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 5
                                  Cottage #90710
                                  57
                                  Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                    avg/night
                                    • 5 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 10
                                    Apartment #8131702
                                    3
                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Bungalow #6124430
                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (5 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 5 BR
                                        • 5 BA
                                        • Separate Toilet
                                        • Sleeps 10
                                        Chateau / Country House #6891745
                                        5
                                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (62 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Apartment #1005312
                                          62
                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Separate Toilet
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            House #6555571
                                            3
                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Caravan #6711307
                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                avg/night
                                                • 4 BR
                                                • 3 BA
                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                House #6945578
                                                1
                                                Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 4 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  House #1040909vb
                                                  Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #6777968
                                                    Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                      (1 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 5 BR
                                                      • 5 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                      Chateau / Country House #8172829
                                                      1
                                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (12 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 6 BR
                                                        • 6 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 16
                                                        Villa #866616
                                                        12
                                                        Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (7 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          House #90575
                                                          7
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #1433432
                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                              Apartment #1000310vb
                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                House #6736806
                                                                1
                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 14
                                                                  House #6563185
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (5 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 7 BR
                                                                    • 6 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 13
                                                                    Castle #569876vb
                                                                    5
                                                                    Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (12 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #1751559
                                                                      12
                                                                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                        Cottage #8132251
                                                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                          Cottage #6902165
                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                            (1 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 6 BR
                                                                            • 4 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 17
                                                                            Multiple rentals Farmhouse #1887763
                                                                            1
                                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cabin #6835923
                                                                              1
                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 4 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                Cottage #6840878
                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cottage #8078444
                                                                                  1
                                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    House #8077332
                                                                                    1
                                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #8078873
                                                                                      Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 9
                                                                                        Cottage #8128174
                                                                                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 5 BR
                                                                                          • 5 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 16
                                                                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #1887763
                                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 5 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 10
                                                                                            Apartment #1991018
                                                                                            1
                                                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                                              Cottage #6818099
                                                                                              1
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #6811622
                                                                                                1
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Caravan #6879723
                                                                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Caravan #6933952
                                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Apartment #3970617
                                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Beautiful house, Accomodating helpful owner

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We rented the house for my friends hen do - she loved it! It is a great size for a large group, with Edinburgh centre a short drive away. The surrounding area has some lovely walks, and there is a fab gastro pub near by. Barry, the owner, couldn't have been more accommodating. He kindly let us hire a hot tub for our short stay which all of the guests thoroughly enjoyed. The house itself has a lot of character and is well equipped with garden chairs, a large supply of pretty cocktail glasses (which we used a lot), a Nespresso machine, blender, etc. The large drawing room was perfect for chilled girly nights in. The garden is private, with no houses overlooking it, and provides a nice space for outdoor games and BBQs. Barry was also very knowledgeable of the surrounding area, and has some great ideas for activities/day trips that are a walkable distance or a short car journey away. The property was clean. I would recommend this property, and hope to stay again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Everything you need

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property was spotless and very well equipped. Additionally, it was far more spacious than I expected and would definitely recommend. 5 minutes walk to the coast. Owner very friendly and helpful. Thanks
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017