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Top things to do on a rainy day in East Lothian


The sun may not always shine during your visit to Drummohr Camping and Glamping site, so if you are unlucky enough to visit us when the weather is wet what is there to do on a rainy day in East Lothian, particularly if you have children? 

Layer Up and Get Outside 

Of course, with the right clothes, wet weather does not prevent you from getting outside and there can be nothing better than a coastal or countryside walk in the rain. Splashing with wellington boots in muddy puddle is always popular with the younger members of the family. East Lothian is blessed with numerous sandy beaches. To discover more on our website about the East Lothian beaches CLICK HERE. We also offer suggestions on LOCAL WALKING ROUTES, we have found some of the best dog walks in Edinburgh. The laundry rooms at Drummohr have tumble driers if you need to dry your clothes after a wet walk. 

Watersport Splash 

Watersports can be enjoyed whatever the weather and given you will get wet anyway are often perfect for a rainy day in East Lothian. The beaches of East Lothian are perfect for wild swimming or water sports. Portobello Beach, Edinburgh is a popular early Sunday morning spot for a wild swim. The sandy shores at Gullane are perfect for kite surfing, windsurfing and wild swimming. Just please take the appropriate safety precautions when in or out on the water. Belhaven Bay, near Dunbar is perfect for surfing, there is even the Coast to Coast Surf School. Visitors can also enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, coasteering and bodyboarding. Ocean Vertical is a multi-adventure centre in Dunbar ran by the Ethical Adventure Company. 

If you enjoy being in the water but want something a little less active why not hire one of our Scottish holiday lodges with a hot tub?! 

Two people going surfing

Indoor Play and Adventure 

For families with younger children staying with us, there are a host of East Lothian rainy day activities and indoor play options within a short drive. Musselburgh Sports Centre and Dunbar Leisure Pool both have an indoor pool, with the latter having a wave pool and series of water slides and both have a cafe. There are various soft play centres, including Jabberwocky Soft Play in nearby Haddington and Wonder World Soft Play in Edinburgh. There are indoor climbing walls at Tranent and Eden Rock Edinburgh

Visit a Museum 

Opposite Drummohr campsite is the outdoor Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum which is perfect for an explore, but there are numerous indoor options too. It’s a cheap and easy bus journey to Edinburgh from Drummohr, so why not make a day of it and visit the numerous museums in the city, including the National Museum of Scotland which is perfect for children of all ages. Many museums are free making it both a cheap and a dry day out! The excellent website Museums and Galleries Edinburgh contains details of 13 museums in and around the city. National Galleries Scotland manage a number of museums including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. There is also Dynamic Earth which allows you to journey through time and space on an interactive journey of a lifetime, including a digital planetarium. Perfect for curious minds. 

Closer to Drummohr there are a number of interesting indoor museums including the National Museum of Flight where you can explore both a space shuttle AND Concorde! The Myreton Motor Museum has a range of vintage vehicles.  


Coastal Adventures 

Find out more about the amazing wildlife of East Lothian with a trip to the Scottish Seabird Centre located in the beautiful town of North Berwick. Interactive live cameras allow you to zoom in on local East Lothian wildlife, including the birds nesting on Bass Rock, Fidra and the Isle of May, whilst staying dry indoors. There is also the Seabird Café and an excellent gift shop.  The Bass Rock is home to over 150,000 gannets at the peak of the season making it the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. You can normally see gannets in East Lothian from March to October. 

The historic ship Royal Yacht Britannia is shored at Leith, on the outskirts of Edinburgh and visitors can explore all five floors of this royal residence. It is a great day out for all the family. A bit further afield, Scotland’s national aquarium Deep Sea World at Queensferry has one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks in one of the world’s largest underground tunnels. 

Distillery Tours 

East Lothian has a number of whisky and gin distilleries and it is always interesting to learn about the history of the product and understand how it is made. Known as the 'Lowland Ladies', the distilleries of the Lowland region can be found picturesquely set amongst the lush, rolling countryside of southern Scotland. Lowland whiskies offer the perfect introduction to single malts, due to their lighter, sweet and floral tones. The Glenkinchie Distillery at Tranent, the Lowland home of Johnnie Walker and known as the “Edinburgh Malt”, has a visitor centre and offers guided tours. For those who prefer gin to whisky there are distilleries at North Berwick and the Edinburgh Gin Distillery in Edinburgh. 

Gin Tour

Indoor Entertainment 

There are a variety of indoor cinema and theatre attractions in Edinburgh and East Lothian. The Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh is probably the closest community ran project offering a range of film, comedy and drama events, with numerous multiplex cinemas in Edinburgh, the closest being the Odeon at Fort Kinnaird.  

We hope that this blog article gives you some ideas for the top things to do on a rainy day in East Lothian. Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site is open all year round and has a variety of glamping and holiday lodge options, all with electricity and heating so you don’t need to let the weather stop your fun.