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Activities

East Lothian and the Borders offer many exciting things to see and do for all ages.

Please find detailed below a selection of events you could visit during your holiday. If you should require any additional information, then please contact a member of the Reception team who will be more than happy to help. Don’t forget, Edinburgh with all its attractions, is less than an hour away by car, or a short train journey from Dunbar.

Fishing

We offer fresh water fishing right here in our well stocked lake at Thurston Manor or for extensive information on permits, maps, advice and news related to fishing on the River Tyne, you can visit the East Lothian Angling Association's website at www.elaa.co.uk. Or, if you would like to try sea fishing, boat trips operate from Dunbar Harbour and North Berwick Harbour.

Horse Riding

You can check out www.ridinginscotland.com for plenty opportunities for pony trekking around East Lothian and further afield. If you'd like to brush up on your technique you could contact the British Horse Society approved Appin Equestrian Centre near North Berwick. It offers quality tuition at all levels including novice, dressage/show jumping lessons, private or class to suit individual requirements on well schooled horses/ponies.

Golf

East Lothian is not called Edinburgh's Golf Coast for nothing. With 22 courses, including the oldest playing golf course in the world at Musselburgh Links which hosted the Open Championship six times between 1884 and 1889, there is plenty choice for all levels of players.


Dunbar Leisure Pool

Dunbar Leisure Pool has waves, sprays and a bubble bed as well as a big yellow flume that will keep the kids entertained if simply swimming in this six lane pool is not enough! Designed around 1850, the Dunbar East Links course is closest to Thurston Manor and is a challenging course that has hosted all the major Scottish Championships. For details of other courses in the area, including Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick, visit www.golfeastlothian.com.

John Muir Country Park

Named after the world famous explorer and conservationist born in the area, John Muir Country Park in nearby Dunbar is a beautiful place to visit and includes some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline, grasslands, salt marsh and woodland. There are pony rides and wildlife trails and great picnic spots to discover.

 

East Links Family Park

Also in Dunbar East Links Family Park is a great day out for the kids. With train safari, pony rides, go-karts, giant maze, trampolining plus soft play areas for younger kids it is easy to spend a full day here. There are plenty of animals on the farm and an excellent café serving hot and cold snacks. Picnic areas are available for those who wish to bring their own food.

The Scottish Seabird Centre

The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five star, multi award winning, family attraction overlooking the sea at North Berwick, approximately half an hour from Thurston Manor. Open all year round, it has an exciting discovery centre with live cameras to view puffins, gannets, seals and more. The Seabird Centre also has a kids playzone and a packed programme of workshops and activities for children and adults to enjoy. There is also a well stocked gift shop.

Prestongrange Museum

Prestongrange Museum at Prestonpans has games, toys and trails to keep kids occupied as they learn about the story of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution. Enjoy audio tours of the museum and take in visits to the Beam Engine and Power House. There is a programme of special events for all to enjoy. Dogs are welcome. You can take a picnic or eat at the small café.

The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight at East Fortune occupies the site of a former RAF airfield and has many fascinating aircraft including the world famous Concorde.

 

 

 

The Myreton Motor Museum

The Myreton Motor Museum houses a fascinating collection of cars, bicycles, motor cycles and commercial vehicles dating back to 1899. Anyone with an interest in cars or an ounce of nostalgia should not miss it.

 

 

The Scottish Archery Centre

Finally, if you’d like to try something new, The Scottish Archery Centre at Fenton Barns will open by arrangement. Visitors can try archery, crossbow and air rifle, all indoors under supervision and instruction.