Bass Rock, North Berwick

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

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.

Inizio / Fine
Tranent / Dunbar
  • Giorni
  • Distanza
    49 Miglia

    78.4 km
  • Trasporto
  • Tema principale
Woodland crafts
Microlight experiences
Boat trips
Horse riding
Alpaca trekking
Aree coperte

Giorno 1 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.

  • Venturing Out Tranent

    Kitesurfing at Gullane Beach

    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.

    Find out more about Venturing Out
    Tempo impiegato per visitare
    3 ore
  • Tree-ditions East Linton

    Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School

    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.

    Find out more about Tree-ditions
    12 Orchard Court, East Linton, EH40 3EG

Giorno 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.

  • Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick

    The award-winning 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.

    Find out more about the Scottish Seabird Centre
    The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS
    Servizi chiave
    • WiFi
    • Animali domestici ammessi
    • Parcheggio o area di sosta senza barriere
    • Bagno per disabili
    • Accesso senza barriere
    • Raggiungibile con i mezzi pubblici
    • Parcheggio
    • Caffetteria o ristorante
  • Seacliff Stables North Berwick

    Cavalcare i Blackstone Clydesdales sulla spiaggia di Ayr

    © VisitScotland / Visit South West Scotland / Damian Shields

    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.

    Find out more about Seacliff Stables
    Tempo impiegato per visitare
    2 ore
    Top Tip

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

    • Rider's weight
    • Rider's height
    • Rider's ability level

  • Foxlake Adventures Dunbar

    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.

    Find out more about Foxlake Adventures
    Foxlake, Dunbar, EH42 1XF
    Servizi chiave
    • Animali domestici ammessi
    • Parcheggio o area di sosta senza barriere
    • Bagno per disabili
    • Raggiungibile con i mezzi pubblici
    • Parcheggio
    • Caffetteria o ristorante

Giorno 3 Alpacas, surfing, paddleboarding and nature boat tours

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