Edinburgh to Prestonpans

Edinburgh to Prestonpans

Edinburgh to Prestonpans
Once you’ve immersed yourself in the wealth of sightseeing and dining opportunities, you can then leave Edinburgh via Musselburgh. Be sure to take in a race or two, if only for the spectacle, before joining the coast and its wading wildlife. Much of the shore is designated for its visiting birds, which flock on its sandy beaches and shores to pick up worms, shells or crustaceans amongst the tides. In winter you’ll see Redshanks and Dunlin and the large black-and-white Eider Ducks all-year-round. Eiders are unusual in that they ‘crunch up’ mussel shells (and their soft yummy contents) for an ideal meal. We've not listed any of the delights the city of Edinburgh has to offer, but try browsing the listed websites at the bottom of the page for ideas about which sights to see.

Path Quality

There are some Edinburgh streets to negotiate before you join cycle routes for most of the way to Prestonpans.

The city maintains many public toilets and large supermarkets also provide customer conveniences. Other public services such as sports centres, cinemas and swimming pools also provide this facility.



Key things to note about this route section.

10 miles, 16 km
Average time to complete
4 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

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
07487 538151
Bistro at the Brunton
0131 653 5250


Prestonpans' Hotel and B&B Accommodation

0871 2301900

Drummohr Holiday Park

Caravans, motorhomes and tents welcome.