The Musselburgh Trail

The Musselburgh Trail

The Musselburgh Trail

Put on a sturdy pair of shoes, grab a waterproof jacket (just in case), and head for Musselburgh in East Lothian. And don’t forget to bring a wax crayon and some paper.Use the online map (or download a printable copy) to locate six illustrated plaques, hidden along the scenic 4km trail that follows the River Esk. When you find a plaque, make a rubbing with your crayon and paper.Use the online guide on the website to discover more about the wildlife and history of the area. And keep your eyes peeled for interesting plants, birds, animals and landmarks.Once you’ve discovered all six plaques, lay your rubbings side-by-side to reveal a secret 10-word phrase. Type the phrase at the website to unlock your special certificate.

Good luck!


Points of interest

Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum
Prestongrange is a free museum – managed by East Lothian Council Museums – and an open-air site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution.
Portobello Community Orchard
The orchard is open to walkers and visitors all year. It is a delightful, sheltered resting spot, nestling by an old stone bridge and filled with 80 fruit trees and some solid picnic tables. There are regular work days and events in the autumn if you'd like to get involved.
Newhailes House
This exquisitely furnished National Trust for Scotland property has hosted many of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. Be sure to visit the enchanting shell grotto nestled in the grounds.
Musselburgh town centre
A strong contender for Scotland's oldest town - explore the harbour, Tolbooth and race course.
Musselburgh Railway Station
Musselburgh Museum
Explore Musselburgh's local history at the free museum next to the town hall.
Musselburgh Ash Lagoons
Great for watching sea ducks and various waders, especially in winter.
Cockenzie House and Gardens
One of the few remaining unique late 17th century manager’s houses in Scotland. Call in for a well-deserved tea and cake and explore the gardens on your way.
Bawsinch and Duddingston – Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Duddingston Loch is the only example of a natural freshwater loch in Edinburgh and is an important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl.
Arthur's Seat
The route skirts the foot of this dramatic hill in the heart of the city. Spend the extra hour or two to take in the views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth from the summit.


Coffee Drive
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Bistro at the Brunton
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Prestonpans' Hotel and B&B Accommodation

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Drummohr Holiday Park

Caravans, motorhomes and tents welcome.