North Berwick Golf Club and Bass Rock, East Lothian


10 Exciting Outdoor Activities to do in East Lothian

Hungry for a weekend of adventure? East Lothian certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to all things outdoors. Whether you're looking to take to the skies on a microlight experience, try your hand at making woodland crafts, or ride horseback along stretches of white sand, it is the perfect destination when it comes to sampling the delights of Scotland's east coast.

To make things easier for you, we've compiled some of our favourite activities and turned it into an epic weekend itinerary. With lots of things to see and do for a tempting weekend away, how could you resist? Remember to plan and book ahead to avoid disappointment.








Tranent - East Linton - East Fortune - North Berwick - Dunbar


Woodland crafts, microlight experiences, boat trips, horse riding, watersports, alpaca trekking

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Tranent, East Linton & East Fortune

We've got lots of activities lined up for your first day in East Lothian. Brave the cold sea temperatures for a paddleboarding taster session, or put your survival skills to the test with a bushcraft experience. Fancy becoming a pilot for the day? Soar above the clouds and enjoy the thrill of flying a microlight aircraft.
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© Graeme Ritchie

Venturing Out

The East Coast of Scotland is a mecca for water sports, so it's no surprise that it is one of the best places for paddleboarding. Feel like you're walking on water with a 90-minute taster session. You'll be taken through all the basics, from turning to paddling backwards and forwards, with the friendly instructors with you every step of the way. Although the water may be on the chilly side, Venturing Out will provide you with wetsuits to help your body adapt to the water temperatures.


Holidays are a great excuse to try something new. Get back to nature and immerse yourself in the woods with a bushcraft experience. Learn all the ins and outs of what it takes to survive out in the wild, from finding and making water safe for drinking, to lighting your own fire. Put your crafting skills to the test by making your own furniture like chairs and stools. You never know, if it's good enough you might want to proudly display this in your home.

East of Scotland Microlights

We're taking things to new heights on our final stop for today, (quite literally)! Discover the freedom and control of flying a microlight aircraft. Enjoy a 30-minute introduction session where your pilot will take you through the basic controls until you're ready to fly solo. During your time in the air, view East Lothian from above where you will fly over beautiful beaches, famous golf courses and let's not forget the Bass Rock - home to the world's largest gannet colony!

Don't worry if you're a nervous flyer, you'll be in the safe hands of an experienced instructor and will take over just as you're about to land.

Day 2


North Berwick and Dunbar

Next up on our whistle-stop tour of East Lothian is North Berwick and Dunbar. Renowned as a haven for wildlife, we're heading to the Scottish Seabird Centre for a boat trip to the three islands - The Lamb, Craigleith and the Bass Rock. Voyage to discover East Lothian's wonderful wildlife and panoramic coastline where you'll search for puffins, gannets, dolphins and much more. Giddy-up at Seacliff Stables for an exhilarating gallop along the beach before we end the day at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar. This 5-star award-winning attraction is a hub when it comes to adrenaline filled outdoor activities. Zipline through the treetops, take a refreshing dip in the lake or challenge yourself on the mighty Foxlake rope course - just try not to fall in the water!
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North Berwick, East Lothian

Scottish Seabird Centre

First up on our list of attractions for today is the Scottish Seabird Centre. Head inside the Discovery Experience where you'll get to know more about the wonderful marine life who reside on Scotland's East Coast. Take a closer look at what they're up to with the interactive live cameras and zoom in on all the action.

Looking to take advantage of the nicer weather? The Scottish Seabird Centre run a fantastic offering of wildlife boat tours from spring to autumn. The Three Islands Seabird Seafari and the Isle of May boat trips are a great way to see a variety of seabirds in their natural habitat as well as having time to explore the natural wonders of the islands themselves. See puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes in all their glory.

Seacliff Stables

Do you ever wish of galloping across white, sandy beaches on horseback? Now is your time to live that dream! Saddle up with Seacliff Stables and enjoy a wee slice of paradise while riding through scenic countryside and beaches. Popular rides amongst visitors include Tantallon Castle, Seacliff Beach and the world-famous Bass Rock. Don't worry if this is your first time or you're a nervous rider, the horses are well trained, and you'll be in good hands no matter what your riding ability is.

Top tip: When booking a horse-riding session, please make sure that you have the following details at hand:

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Foxlake Adventures

We're nearing towards the end of our penultimate day in East Lothian, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Visit Scotland's first cable wakeboard park at Foxlake Adventures. With its scenic woodland backdrop and plethora of outdoor activities, the attraction is a great place for thrill-seeking adventures. Jump on the wakeboarding craze and take on a series of on-water obstacle courses, go wild swimming in the lake or embrace your inner Tarzan by ziplining through the treetops on the ZipTrail.

Day 3


Alpacas, surfing, paddleboarding and nature boat tours

We think meeting cute and fluffy animals is a nice way to start the day, that's why we've made sure to include this in our itinerary! Take a walk with your new alpaca friend at John Muir Alpacas. You'll feed them lots of tasty treats and don't forget to grab a selfie before you go. In the afternoon, it's time to put on your wetsuit for a paddleboarding session at Ocean Vertical and learn how to surf with Coast to Coast Surf School. We also have another opportunity for you to climb aboard and set sail to some of the East Coast's natural wonders.
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John Muir Alpacas

You could go for a walk with the whole family, but wouldn't it be better with a fluffy companion by your side? If the answer is yes, get ready to say hello to your new alpaca friend at John Muir Alpacas. Take a picturesque stroll through the woodlands before heading back to the paddock to feed them some tasty treats. During your walk there are many opportunities for selfies; make sure to pull some of your best faces and get ready to strike a pose!

Top Tip: John Muir Alpacas offer mini treks and kids sessions for children and for those who have mobility issues. The outings are slightly shorter in comparison to the regular sessions but are just as much fun!

Ocean Vertical

If you simply can't get enough of the water, then you're in luck! This trip to East Lothian is topped off nicely by coasteering in Dunbar. Climb, jump and swim for an exhilarating adventure around some of the inaccessible parts of East Lothian's coastline. You'll also be exposed to a variety of wildlife including puffins, gannets, seals and even dolphins.

Looking for something less strenuous? Let your paddleboard become your yoga mat with SUP yoga. Not only is it a great way to keep fit but the gentle lapping of the water creates the perfect ambience.

Coast to Coast Surf School

Surf's up! Ride the waves at Belhaven Beach in Dunbar. Coast to Coast Surf School offer a wide range of classes; for beginners, intermediates and for those who simply wish to hone their skills. Forgot your kit? No problem! They'll be able to provide you with all the essential equipment - just remember to bring your swimsuit and suncream during the summer months.

If you fancy trying out another watersport, there are plenty of options to choose from including stand-up paddleboarding and coasteering.

BlueWild - Nature Boat Tours

Before you head back home, there is one final chance to squeeze in another boat tour with BlueWild. While away the hours on a sea-watching tour where you'll be greeted by diving gannets, puffins and a friendly dolphin or two. Fancy staying that wee bit later? Chase the sunset to the Isle of May or Bass Rock - a must for wildlife enthusiasts looking for the perfect photo opportunity.