East Lothian consists of the coastal strip and hinterland immediately east of Edinburgh, bounded by the Firth of Forth to the north and the Lammermuir Hills to the south. All of it is within easy day-trip range from the capital, though there are places you can stay overnight if you’re keen to explore. Often mocked as the “home counties” of Edinburgh, there’s no denying its well-ordered feel, with prosperous farms and large estate houses dominating the scenery. The main attractions are on or near the coast, with the trip east from Edinburgh taking you past wide sandy beaches by Aberlady and famous golf courses at Gullane. The town of North Berwick is the main focal point on the coast, with dramatic cliff-top ruins at Tantallon and the supersonic draw of Concorde at the Museum of Flight both within easy reach.

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