Aberlady East Lothian

Coming from Edinburgh or Edinburgh Airport, follow the signs to Berwick on Tweed, take the A1 towards Berwick on Tweed. After about 6 miles watch for signs to North Berwick and follow these. Take the A198, which leads to Longniddry, continue towards Aberlady, drive through Aberlady and the road bends to the left towards the Aberlady Bay.

beach close to Luffness castle

Located in the heart of rural East Lothian, Luffness Castle is situated in several acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with mature trees, lawns and well-tended borders. Luffness Castle has been owned for over 300 years by the Hope family. The castle is an A listed historic building and boasts an amazing fruit garden built by prisioners of the Napoleonic Wars, which has been well kept in its original state and is very well worth a visit.

East Lothian's coast is full of attractions but it is also a mecca for golfers. There are numerous golf courses in the immediate area - Kilspindie, Craigielaw, Luffness New, Gullane (3 courses), Muirfield (where the British Open was held), The Renaissance, Archerfield (with its 36 holes), and North Berwick.

The whole coastline offers many opportunities for walkers and birdwatchers. Aberlady Bay, which is on the doorstep, has a famous nature reserve and forms part of the Luffness Estate. It is a bird-watchers' paradise - come in autumn to see the thousands of pink-footed geese or in spring or summer to watch the varied migrants and waders feed here - the array of wild flowers is a magnet for visitors thoughout the year. Aberlady village has several pubs and there is a birdwatching centre to visit. North Berwick is a beautiful small town, about 10 minutes drive from Luffness and is known for its beaches but also has a very attractive small harbour, with many small sailing boats. Visiting the award winning Scottish Seabird Centre is a must!

  • Aberlady - 1 mile, Gullane 2 miles
  • Edinburgh airport 16 miles
  • Longniddry railway station 5 miles,
    about 10 minutes drive
  • Pubs and restaurants - Aberlady has 2 pubs
    and bar food available.
    There is an Indian takeaway/restaurant.
    Gullane has several bars, pubs and restaurants
  • Golf - 7 courses within 3 miles,
    including the world famous Muirfield
  • Walking and sailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Bird watching and Scottish Seabird Centre
  • Castles and Whisky distilleries

Scottish castle self-catering

If you want holiday accommodation in a castle then check out the selection! Aberlady is ideally situated for a golfing holiday as many of the superb East Lothian golf courses are closeby including Gullane, Archerfield, North Berwick and Muirfield.