The Old School House – Where to go, What to see

Suggested Activities

East Lothian has a busy calendar with an exciting array of festivals and events. A good place to start researching is Visit East Lothian. Here is a taste of the activities and outings you could be involved with on your stay in The Old School House. If you click on the highlighted text, you will be taken to websites for further information.

Outdoor activity providers:

Seacliff Stables is located by North Berwick – approximately 20 minutes from The Old School House.
For Stand Up Paddle, Coasteering or Surfing, why not try the C2C Surf School. on the glorious Belhaven Bay near Dunbar.
Foxlake Adventures is located approximately 11 minutes drive from Innerwick. It is family friendly and offers a range of activities.
For diving St Abbs Charters – about 30 minutes drive from Innerwick.

Family Activities

East Links Family Park with train rides, farm animals, loads of activities and a cafe. Good for children of all ages about a 15 minute drive from The Old School House.
The Seabird Centre in North Berwick is a great destination for folk of all ages. From this award-winning centre live feed cameras follow the lives of the breeding puffins and you can watch them in action
Dunbar Leisure Centre is ten minutes away and is an excellent venue for that wet weather day.
The Torness Power Station has a visitor centre and will cater to groups given three week notice.


The Aberlady Bay and Nature Reserve is a beautiful local nature reserve. The first to be founded in Britain in 1952. It is a renowned especially as a bird-watching venue. For views over the Reserve and more information, you can also visit the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club Aberlady.
Visit Pressmennan Wood to see the caipercallie, brambling and black cap plus other feathered friends. Don’t forget to look out for the rare glingbob and tootflit! A truly magical place.


For the keen cyclist there are many options in East Lothian, not the least being the John Muir Way The Old School House offers a garage for secure storage of bikes and is conveniently a hop from Dunbar which is at the end of the route. There are also a huge array of scenic and rural routes, one being the Go East Lothian Trail .

Food and Drink

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The Glenkinchie Distillery, is located off an unlisted road, near Pencaitland, East Lothian. Tours by appointment only.
Belhaven Smokehouse is open seven days a week.

Boat Trips available from North Berwick and Dunbar.

Adventure boat trips with Forth Wild – exclusive tours and private charters around the islands of the Firth of Forth and the Fife coast.
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The Bass Rock is a seabird sanctuary in the Firth of Forth. You can book a boat trip to the Bass Rock and Isle of May. Learn more by visiting the Sea Bird Centre in North Berwick.

History – historic villages, castles and churches.

Hailes Castle has connections with Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Bothwell. It is situated on a beautiful stretch of the River Tyne.
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Seton Collegiate Church is a 15th Century Church west of Longniddry.

Beaches –  40 miles (64 km) of coastline with views of islands, castles and in the distance the city of Edinburgh and the Kingdom of Fife.

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The Bridge to Nowhere is an iconic landmark in East Lothian. It is found at Belhaven Beach at Dunbar.
From Yellowcraig Beach, you can look over to Fidra, inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’.

East Lothian is the Golf Coast with 22 courses to choose from.

An aerial view of the hole at Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, Lothian, Scotland. This is a world famous course and host to major championships.
Just one of many golf courses making up the ‘Golf Coast’ of East Lothian, Winterfield offers magnificent views over the Firth of Forth to Fife, taking in the Bass Rock along the way.