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Fisherrow Sands

East Lothian | Musselburgh | Beach | ★★

Fisherrow Sands officially lies just outside the City of Edinburgh boundary in East Lothian, and thus escapes much of the attention that its urban neighbour, Portobello Beach, receives by the capital's residents. Close to a mile of sand fans out on either side of a tidal harbour which has been in use since the 17th century - originally by herring boats, today by pleasure craft. At low tide a massive expanse of less photogenic mud and stones extends well out into the Firth of Forth, but a softer, sandier strip is exposed at all states of the tide, drawing the bulk of the crowds. The village of Fisherrow has a long history, but commercial activity has today shifted away from the beach and into Musselburgh across the River Esk, leaving the coast largely free of tourism paraphernalia except for the odd seasonal snack van. Altogether, there may be better East Lothian beaches, but few are so easily accessible.

Location & info

📌 Fisherrow Sands…


East Lothian | Town | ★

Musselburgh is the largest settlement in East Lothian - optimistically known as The Honest Town after 14th century townsfolk refused to accept a reward for looking after the dying Earl of Moray. Located in the far west of the county, the town is in practical terms more like an extension of Edinburgh's suburbs. Sticking with the honest theme, we have to admit the town centre isn't the most exciting of spots, though there's an attractive riverside, the Tolbooth is worth a look, and fans of discount stores are in luck. A bigger draw than all of these is the variety of attractions in the wider area, which include a stately home, sandy beach and National Trust-owned garden. Worth bearing in mind as an easy day trip from the capital.


📌 Musselburgh ★
East Lothian, G.R.: NT 346727 ///tight.first.clock

🚶 The tiny museum is located in the town centre. None of the other attractions are quite so close, but Newhailes, Inveresk Gardens and the beach are …

Walk: An honest amble about Musselburgh

East Lothian | Musselburgh | Half day walk | ★★

For anyone with time to spare around the so-called Honest Town of Musselburgh, this part-urban, part-rural walk is an excellent way to fill it. Our 7 mile circuit takes in many of the town's highlights - the beach, riverside and Main Street - with Newhailes and Inveresk Lodge Garden just a few minutes off route. If there's a downside, it has to be the monotonous stretches surrounding Queen Margaret University, with the attractive campus pond providing a welcome break from the barren terrain.

📌 Walk: An honest amble about Musselburgh ★★
Start / finish at Fisherrow Harbour car park, New Street, Fisherrow, half a mile west of Musselburgh town centre, G.R.: NT 334729 ///lively.humble.teeth

▶ 12 km / 7 mi | ▲ 50 m | ⌚ Half a day | ⬤ Easy
Features: Fisherrow Sands & harbour; Musselburgh; River Esk; Queen Margaret University; Brunstane Burn
Terrain: Level paths, mostly tarmac, with sandy beach to finish.

Route & map

Car park & F…

Vogrie Country Park

Midlothian | Pathhead | Park | ★★

Vogrie Country Park is one of the Central Belt's quieter parks, and all the more pleasant for it. Expansive areas of grass surround Vogrie House: a baronial mansion built by Perth's town architect in the 1870s, and now housing a cafe. Apart from lounging around on the lawns, attractions include an adventure playground, miniature railway, bright rhododendron walk (best in late spring / early summer) and miles of woodland walks - including a footpath link southwards along the Tyne Water to Crichton Castle.

Location & info

📌 Vogrie Country Park★★
By the B6372 1 mi southwest of Pathhead, G.R.: NT 381632 ///snow.think.adapt
Open daily | Free

Anything else? Download a park map here.

Walk: Once upon a Tyne - Gorebridge gander

City of Edinburgh | Midlothian | Full day walk | ★★

Along the upper reaches of the Tyne Water, old rights of way string together a series of nature and history sites, including a country park, collegiate church and 14th century castle. These are all accessible by car, but walking over the braes from Gorebridge is a perhaps a better way to appreciate the region's scenic charms. Fortunately the area is blessed with an unusually dense network of paths, allowing a satisfying day's circuit with a long return along the neighbouring Gore Water. Vogrie Country Park has a cafe should refreshments be required after the first hill.

📌 Walk: Once upon a Tyne - Gorebridge gander ★★
Start / finish at junction of Hunterfield Road (B704) & Greenhall Road (street parking), half a mile north of Gorebridge town centre, G.R.: NT 340623 ///

► 19 km / 12 mi | ▲ 390 m | ⌚ Full day | ⬤ Moderate
Features: Vogrie Country Park; Tyne Water; Crichton Collegiate Church; Crichton Castle; B…