Food. East Lothian is known as the “Garden of Scotland”, with fields full of crops in a drier milder climate than the rest of Scotland. There is a superb range of fresh local produce available throughout the year and any foodie will be spoilt for choice in East Lothian. On the last Saturday of each month, you can buy local produce at the Farmer’s Market in Haddington, which offers the finest range of local ingredients and farm products. Over 20 stalls offer the best of Scottish meat, fish, traditional baking, cheeses, ice cream, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as assorted beverages. Furthermore with the substantial coastline, there are many seafood outlets available. James Dickson and Son is based at Cockenzie and with a superb local reputation, it is well worth a visit to the seaside.
Drink. East Lothian also has some hidden treasures when it comes to drink! For example, there is a very fine cider maker, Thistly Cross, which has everything from scrumptious Scottish cider and fruit liqueurs, and you must try this, even if you are not visiting East Lothian. Sticking with the more traditional, there is currently one solitary distillery in East Lothian (though there are plans for more in the future) which is Glenkinchie, which can be found near Pencaitland. Founded in 1837, it is open all year round, and like all the distilleries in Scotland, well worth visiting.
Things to do. East Lothian is most well known for its golf courses, specifically on the links courses by the sea with Musselburgh, Gullane, North Berwick being great examples. If you are not keen on the “gowf”, then take advantage of these wonderful coastlines as they boast some of the country’s best beaches. They include Longniddry Bents, Gullane Bents, Yellowcraigs, Dirleton and North Berwick. With vast expanse of sand and impressive waves, this is a must for outdoor enthusiasts, especially surfers, with breathtaking views towards Edinburgh, Fife and Bass Rock.