Best trails in East Lothian, Scotland

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Trying to find the best East Lothian trails? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Dunbar, Musselburgh or North Berwick, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 30 easy trails in East Lothian ranging from 0.6 to 17.6 miles and from 16 to 987 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in East Lothian, Scotland
Top trails (38)
#1 - North Berwick Law
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 51 m
A steady climb to the top of this old volcanic plug, better known as the ‘Berwick Law’. Starting from the large car park the trail heads steadily upwards over a mix of broad paths, grassy slopes and rocky climbs. The views from the top are superb and extensive: Edinburgh, Fife, the Lothian Coast including the distinctive Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle and inland hills are all visible. At the top there are remains from an Iron Age Hill Fort; military buildings from the Napoleonic Wars and WW2; a trig point and panoramic table plus a replica jaw bone from a whale. The original jaw bone was placed on the summit in 1709, and replaced 3 times before the replica was installed in 2008. Show more
#2 - Carberry Estate Loop
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
#3 - North Berwick to Dunbar
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
Only a short distance from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, East Lothian provides the right ingredients for either bikepacking adventures, walking and running. This trail is perfect for families, micro-adventures and long day rides. The route is suitable for gravel, mountain and e-mountain bikes, and can be ridden in all seasons. Section 1 – North Berwick to Dunbar Station   The trail starts at the harbour in North Berwick, where the café at the Scottish Seabird Centre and other eateries offer great opportunities for a snack before the ride. North Berwick is a vibrant and scenic harbour town in East Lothian, boasting great beaches, and an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and bars, not to mention world-renowned golf courses. Gilsland Park is a great base for anyone wanting to stay for the night, with family studios and more basic glamping pods to hire. From the harbour the route follows the road eastbound along the beach before a short climb takes you into Tantallon Caravan Park. Take care while riding through here, as this is an active golf course. The next section of the trail runs on the A199 to Drift, a new café overlooking the stunning cliffs on the coast. This is the best place for views towards the magnificent Bass Rock, the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. After another short section on the public road the trail continues after Auldhame on a private road, taking you past Tantallon Castle to Seacliff Beach. Take care when descending on the gravel road towards the beach, which is popular with horse riders, kayakers and walkers. From the car park a small road climbs back up again, continuing past Scoughall to Peffer Sands and Ravensheugh Sands. The dunes and beaches here are brilliant for a short walk, before the route joins a minor road at the car park at Tyninghame, which is the starting point of a variety of walking and cycling trails. The route follows a quiet road and then travels a short bit on the A198, before joining the B1407 towards East Linton. The Tyninghame Smithy is a popular stop for cyclists, offering great food and refreshments. From here the route continues on the B1407 for a short while, before joining the John Muir Cycle Way on the left. Crossing Dawes Ford can be dangerous, a bridge on the left makes the crossing much safer, before the route leaves the John Muir Cycle Way and joins the A198 again. It joins a rough gravel track on the right shortly afterwards, linking with the John Muir Way at Hedderwick Sands. You’ll cycle past a wetland on your left and concrete constructions on the right, which served as anti-tank barriers during World War II. After crossing a wooden bridge, the route follows a sandy track trough a pine forest and past East Links Family Park, a popular destination for families, and past public toilets. From here the route continues on a track to Beilside and along the Biel Burn, before joining NCN 76 through Belhaven, past Belhaven Brewery. The route follows NCN 76 into Dunbar, and then takes a right turn to join Belhaven Road (A1087). Shortly afterwards you’ll find Belhaven Bikes on the left in a service station, which offers bike services and hire bikes. The route joins NCN 76 again in the centre of Dunbar, and then leaves the NCN route again on Countess Road, where a small road takes you to the train station on the left.   Further Information: Law Cycles: http://www.lawcycles.co.uk/ Belhaven Bikes: https://www.belhavenbikes.co.uk/ Belhaven Brewery: https://www.belhaven.co.uk/ Drift: https://www.facebook.com/DRIFTeatdrinkrelax/ Dunbar Camping & Caravanning Club Site: https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/eastlothian/dunbar/dunbar Dunmuir Hotel: https://www.dunmuirhotel.co.uk/ East Links Family Park: http://www.eastlinks.co.uk/ Gilsland Park: https://www.gilslandpark.co.uk/ Scottish Seabird Centre: https://seabird.org/ Tyninghame Smithy: https://www.facebook.com/TyninghameSmithy/ John Muir Way: http://johnmuirway.org/ Belhaven Bay Camping: https://www.meadowhead.co.uk/Show more
#4 - North Berwick and Gullane
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
This is an excellent route for walking, running and cycling, and a great introduction to the magnificent landscape and trails of East Lothian. The trail starts from the North Berwick harbour and takes you around broadsands - a beautiful sandy beach with fantastic views. Along the way you will also find the remains of old submarines, before heading to Gullane, when you all find some facilities and benches to appreciate the landscape and relax.Show more
#5 - St Baldred's Cradle and Ravensheugh Sands via Links Wood
Links Wood
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
#6 - Pencaitland Railway Walk
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 5 h 55 m
#7 - River Esk Walkway
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#8 - Aberlady Bay and Gullane Point
Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
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#9 - John Muir Way: Prestonpans to North Berwick
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 21.1 mi • Est. 9 h 22 m
#10 - Traprain Law and East Lothian
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 40 m
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