24 Hours in East Lothian

24 Hours in East Lothian

A flying visit, but was it worth it?

It's fair to say East Lothian is one of if not my favourite golf region. With that in mind the offer to play two of the areas most renowned courses was just to good to turn down. With a tee time of 11.30 it would require a 5.45am start and a 4 1/2 hour journey to make that first tee on time. Now normally there is only one 5.45 in my day and its not the a.m sort, yes I like my bed and it would take something pretty special to get me up and out at that time on a dark December morning......but this was North Berwick, and off we went.

There are many places to stay in East Lothian but for me North Berwick is perfect and for many reasons. It is very central to access all golf clubs in the region with North Berwick Golf club often within walking distance from your accommodation. North Berwick High street is packed with pubs, restaurants, coffee shops to satisfy your post golf needs, if you want something a little refined then try Osteria, the award winning Italian restaurant has great food and fantastic service, if you like fish I recommend the fish platter which is a trio of fish (changes daily) in a garlic butter sauce. Or if takeaway is the order of the day then North Berwick Fry offers traditional Chip shop offerings as well as a full pizza menu, I could carry on and list all eateries but if I say whatever your food of choice, North Berwick will have it covered.

 

North Berwick also offers a fantastic array of accommodation from the largest hotel in the area - the Macdonald Marine which overlooks the North Berwick Golf course to self catering apartments that can be booked via the Airbnb website and there is plenty of options in between. One of my particular favourites is the Nether Abbey Hotel. Situated five minutes from both the High Street and the 1st tee it provides a perfect base to explore the region, rooms are excellent as is the food with a lively bar area which is bustling in the Summer months with plenty of hard luck stories from the days golf!

 

Here is a little look at our journey so far......

 

So much more than just Golf

I first came to visit East Lothian to play golf but as the number of visits increased I soon realised that there was so much more to the area and my reasons for returning so frequently have changed. Yes I still love the golf courses this place offers but a visit to East Lothian can be whatever you want it to be, take the dog as most places are dog friendly and walk for as long as you desire along the stunning coastline, the perfect time to reflect. Visit the Glenkinchie whisky distillery just a few miles away or take a trip into Edinburgh just 20 minutes away by train on the doorsteps of North Berwick and visit a city that has so much charm and character, streets that could tell a 1000 stories and on the way back you will no doubt have a few of your own to tell. It is difficult for me to comprehend why I feel so passionately about an area that I had never set foot in until four years ago, I suppose it ticks all my boxes and I am pretty sure it will tick a couple of yours.

Links golf heaven

But ultimately we are here to talk golf and it doesn't get much better than this, the area is predominately a links haven and home to the oldest golf club in the World - Musselburgh links dating back to 1672 although it is said that Mary Queen of Scots played here in 1567!

The list is too long to mention so I have out together a list of courses from the link below which will give you all the information you require to help plan your trip.