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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.

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        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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              Exceptional! 5/5
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              Apartment #6498813
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                Cottage #1055015
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                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                  • 1 BA
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                  Caravan #6706575
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                    • 2 BA
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                    House #1123466
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                      Cottage #1730039
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                        House #1040909vb
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                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                          Apartment #1797585
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                            Excellent! 4.4/5
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                            Apartment #423494
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                              Excellent! 4.5/5
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                              Apartment #8153197
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                Apartment #6750414
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                                  • 3 BA
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                                  Apartment #8131702
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                                    Bungalow #6124430
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                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                            Exceptional! 5/5
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                                            Cottage #1751559
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                                              Cottage #8128174
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                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                  Cottage #90710
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                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                          • 5 BA
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                                                          Chateau / Country House #8172829
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                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                            House #90575
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                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                              • 6 BR
                                                              • 6 BA
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                                                              Villa #866616
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                House #6555571
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                                                                  Apartment #1000310vb
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                                                                    House #6736806
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
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                                                                      Apartment #8248507
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #6815044
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                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Caravan #8280998
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                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                            • 7 BR
                                                                            • 6 BA
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                                                                            Castle #569876vb
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                                                                              Cottage #1861083
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                                                                                Cottage #6902165
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                                                                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                                  • 4 BA
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                                                                                  Multiple rentals Farmhouse #1887763
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                                                                                    Cabin #6835923
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                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                      • 5 BR
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                                                                                      Villa #1045616
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                                                                                        Cottage #6840878
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
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                                                                                          Cottage #8078444
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                                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            House #8077332
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                                                                                              Apartment #8078873
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                                                                                                • 5 BR
                                                                                                • 5 BA
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                                                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #1887763
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                                                                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                                                                  Apartment #1991018
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                                                                                                    Cottage #6818099
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                                                                                                      Cottage #6811622
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Spacious, clean, well equipped, peaceful, comfortable, kind and considerate owner

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We needed a base for the week for our daughters wedding with extra guests for part or the time. The kitchen was large and very well equipped, my husband and our daughter practiced walking down the aisle in there! The garden was beautiful and sheltered, we ate and sewed out there in the sun. Also had photos out there. Bathrooms both lovely. Owner placed extra bed in for our extra guest night before wedding. Master bedroom large with enormous bed and en suite. We were able to dress the bride and straighten out the full length of her dress in there. It was a lovely peaceful place to stay even during the chaos of a wedding. The surrounding area is very picturesque and we had a relaxing walk round Carberry Tower gardens and woodlands just down the road. There was plenty of parking also. We had three, sometimes four cars there.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Fantastically well equipped 2 bed cottage finished to a very high standard

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Booked up last minute for a long weekend not really knowing what to expect but were blown away, firstly by the welcome we received upon check in by the owner who met us there and gave us a brief run through of the property and very kindly supplied us with a few bits and pieces to get us started, and secondly by the standard of the property itself. It was incredibly well turned out and has a very modern yet classic feel for a countryside cottage. Having spent the entire day out at the beach, what a delight to get back and relax and get the wood burning stove on in the living room. We will definately be back to the area and would not hesiatate in using this property as our base again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017