Wakeboarding, walking and wildlife in East Lothian

25 weeks ago
5 minute read
By Kirsty Inness

The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the importance of looking after our own health and wellness. As we come out of lockdown, we must all take the time to relax and recharge.

Doing something you enjoy, such as visiting one of your favourite East Lothian visitor attractions, could really help to boost your wellbeing. Surrounded by 40 miles of stunning coastline and fresh sea air, East Lothian really is the perfect place to switch off and unwind.

Explaining how visitor attractions can play an important role in supporting our mental health, EGG Dr Emma Ducklin, Clinical Psychologist and owner of Engage Clinical Psychology Ltd, says: “Studies (such as the Nord-Trondelag Health Study) have shown that visitor attractions, like museums and galleries, provide unique lifelines simply by being calming places for people to go to. Feeling reconnected to the world through visiting the attractions and taking part in something you really enjoy, could really boost your emotional wellbeing.”

East Lothian’s visitor attractions, all just a short journey from Edinburgh, offer a range of wonderfully immersive and enriching experiences, and are working hard to adhere to government and public health guidance to reassure visitors that they are safe when they visit.

Here are some examples of the best days out in East Lothian:

  • On a visit to the picturesque Preston Mill, you can imagine yourself on the set of the TV series, Outlander, as Jamie hides beneath the waterwheel.
  • Enjoy the wellbeing benefits of physical activity, from a round of golf or a leisure swim to racket sports or a fitness session.  There’s lots of activities indoor and out to help you move more with enjoyleisure. 
  • The five-star award-winning Foxlake Adventures hub is the perfect place to enjoy unique and exhilarating outdoor experiences, with friends and loved ones.
  • Experience a wonderful sensory journey through Glenkinchie Distillery’s storied landscape, as you discover how they create their rare Lowland whisky.


    • Support your children’s wellness through imaginative play at the fabulous Weehailes Playpark at Newhailes
    • Discover one of Europe’s best collections of aircraft and get on board Scotland’s Concorde at the National Museum of Flight. 
    • Explore the wonder of Scotland's marine world at the Scottish Seabird Centre's five-star Discovery Experience or take a restorative boat trip to discover wonderful wildlife.
    • Explore great outdoor heritage and take in the fresh coastal air at museums and castles like the Prestongrange Museum, the National Museum of Flight and Hailes Castle.
    • Find out how a boy from Dunbar became a driving force behind global conservation efforts at John Muir’s Birthplace. The John Muir Way coast-to-coast trail also begins at this free museum.
    • Immerse yourself in fascinating history and heritage at East Lothian’s innovative museums, such as the Coastal Communities Museum and John Gray Centre.
    • Enjoy a wealth of arts, entertainment and film with The Brunton. The much-loved theatre and entertainment venue is currently hosting events digitally and will screen a series of films from 26 May
    • One of the UK’s most stylish racecourses with award-winning facilities, the five-star Musselburgh Racecourse is giving some visitors a chance to reconnect with family and friends at race days again.

To find out more about some of the great experiences that could boost your wellness in East Lothian, go to visiteastlothian.org/lovedaysout.