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Winter Walks in East Lothian


Winter is one of the best times for walking, with crisp air awaiting anyone with the desire to get outdoors. East Lothian is a great location for walking, with guests having the delight of choosing between rural walks, exploring the Pentland Hills or Lammermuir Hills, the East Lothian coastal trail, taking your four legged friends on the best dog walks in Edinburgh, our wonderful beaches or woodland walks in East Lothian. Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site is a dog friendly campsite near Edinburgh and, with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, is perfect for glamping East Lothian. One of the few campsites open all year round in Scotland Drummohr welcomes campers, glampers and guests to its lodges with hot tubs Edinburgh, as well as having Winter seasonal caravan pitches.

Walkers in East Lothian

Woodland Walks in East Lothian   

There are a number of woods operated by the Woodland Trust in which you can enjoy woodland walks in East Lothian. At Butterdean Wood at Gladsmuir, Haddington you may be rewarded by the glimpse of a green woodpecker or a spot of the rare birds nest orchid in the Summer. Keep your eye on the tree roots. It is also a great place to birdwatch and if you are lucky a roe deer or two. There are 5km of waymarked trails to enjoy, with wildlife themed sculptures along the way. 

Pressmennan Wood at Stenton, Dunbar, is close to the Lammermuir hills. Pressmennan has a large lake, with Presmennan Lake being only one of four designated lakes in Scotland. There is a 5.5km circular trail around Pressmennan Lake. Pressmennan Woods are one of the quietest woodland walks in East Lothian. Pressmennan Wood is also protected by the Woodland Trust. As well as boasting lots of wildlife, such as deer, owls, otters and bats, Pressmennan is home as well as some strange, mythical creatures, ‘Glingbobs’ and ‘Tootflits’ which have made their homes in the gnarled tree trunks. Young children in particular will love searching for these on the sculpture trail. 

East Lothian Coastal Trail 

The John Muir Way is a 134-mile long-distance footpath from Dunbar to Helensburgh which hugs the coastline and makes for great day walks in East Lothian even if you don’t want to tackle the whole thing. The most popular sections of the East Lothian Trail are: 

  • Direlton and Yellowcraig Circular – 4-mile circular walk along the spectacular Yellowcraig beach, with its iconic views of Fidra Lighthouse, returning via the village of Direlton with Direlton Castle, now under the ownership of Historic Environment Scotland 

  • Dunbar to East Linton – follow this 8-mile stretch of the John Muir Way from the birthplace of John Muir. Enjoy great clifftop views and sea stacks. Pass John Muir Country Park and Belhaven Bay, with its famous “Bridge to Nowhere” and along the River Tyne. Visit East Lothian’s last working watermill at Prestonmill. Refreshments available in East Linton with regular buses returning to Dunbar. 
  • North Berwick to Tantallon – North Berwick is one of the prettiest villages on the East Lothian Coastal Trail. On this 6-mile trail, start with an ascent of the iconic Berwick Law and then continue along the coastline to Tantallon Castle, again under the care and protection of Historic Environment Scotland. Berwick Law is a conical extinct volcano and there are great views, albeit it can be windy. Return to North Berwick by bus. Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick or enjoy some refreshments at the Drift Cliff Edge Cafe which has breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. 

East Lothian coast

Other great walks in East Lothian 

Here are a selection of other great walks near me which you can enjoy when glamping in East Lothian at Drummohr Camping and Glamping Site.  

  • Longniddry to Haddington – this route follows the old railway line from the beaches at Longniddry through to Haddington, the county town of East Lothian. The line operated between 1846 and 1968.  The Railway Walk is 4 miles one-way, is well-surfaced, wide and level and there are lots of wildlife and wildflower spotting opportunities. It is one of the easiest walks in East Lothian. From the route, you can see Redhouse Castle and the Hopetoun Monument at the top of Byres Hill, which you could also climb for the panoramic views of both the Pentland and the Lammermuir Hills.  
  • Levenhall Links - this nature reserve has been created from the old ash lagoons of the former power station and is a rich haven for wildlife and bird watching as well as having incredible views over the Firth of Forth towards Fife and down towards Leith. Levenhall Links at Musselburgh is a short walk from Drummohr Holiday Park and is perfect for dog walking in East Lothian. 
  • Pencaitland Railway Walk – this shared cycling and walking trail starting from Musselburgh and stretching 10km to Dalkeith, is perfect for an easy stroll or walk in East Lothian and you can do as much or as little of it as you like. 

  • 18 holes of golf in East Lothian – with over 20 golf courses to choose from, many of them links courses, golf is one of the most popular forms of walks in East Lothian!! Indeed, many refer to golf as a “good walk spoiled”!! There are plenty of courses to suit all abilities, please check out our website HERE for more information on golf courses in East Lothian. Guests at Drummohr receive a discount on all rounds of golf at the Royal Musselburgh golf course. 

Royal Musselburgh golf course