Plan your trip
Leave Edinburgh on the East Coast mainline and you quickly pass Meadowbank Stadium on the left, built to hold the 1970 Commonwealth Games. You soon pass Musselburgh and into the rolling countryside beyond Wallyford to Prestonpans where if you alight you can visit the site of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745), the line being the only one in the UK to cross a battlefield.
At Longniddry you can walk or cycle to the county town of Haddington on the old railway line. Beyond Longniddry on the left is the village of Gullane in the distance – home of many excellent golf courses, including Muirfield where The Open is held from time to time and also on the left just beyond Gullane is Dirleton village, where you’ll see a castle. On the right are the Lammermuir Hills.
At Drem we leave the main line and travel to North Berwick on the single track branch line. . Look out for the North Berwick Law (613ft or 187m) on the right as you approach the town. This volcanic plug is a relatively easy climb with wild Exmoor ponies grazing all year round.
North Berwick is an unspoiled seaside resort boasting award winning beaches, a vibrant High Street, a harbour, many restaurants (some alfresco) and cafes and is also home to The Scottish Seabird Centre, one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions. North Berwick is also home to the Fringe by the Sea Festival, held annually during the Edinburgh Festival attracting many quality acts.
Regular summer boat trips to islands in the Firth of Forth and Anstruther in Fife are also available.