East Lothian Council

Living in East Lothian

Life has more to offer here

Close to the capital but a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, East Lothian boasts some of the most picturesque villages and tranquil beaches around.

From the bustling towns of Haddington, Dunbar and Musselburgh to the coastal villages of Aberlady and Gullane, whatever you're looking for from life, you'll find it here.

The region boasts 19 golf courses, including many which play host to major international tournaments. The local beaches are a hit with surfers, while Musselburgh Racecourse is popular with locals and visitors alike.

The local economy, which previously relied on farming, fishing, mining and manufacturing, is now based on modern industries such as chemical research, printing and electronics, as well as tourism.

Property prices in the area compare favourably with those of the nearby capital, making East Lothian popular with commuters and families. Good transport links make reaching Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland easy. And as you would expect from the county in our care, East Lothian's schools are first class.