The Best Walks Around Musselburgh

June 27th, 2018

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Hands up, who else is enjoying this little heatwave we’re having at the moment? All this sunshine is making us want to head outside and make the most of the great outdoors.

Luckily, we have plenty of beautiful spots in East Lothian which are perfect for a walk on a beautiful sunny day. Here are a few of our favourite places around Musselburgh to go for a walk this summer.

Musselburgh Beach

Let’s start with the most obvious one… Musselburgh Beach! There’s nowhere better than the seaside on a scorching hot summer afternoon. Whether you fancy a short stroll and a picnic, or a longer walk, Musselburgh Beach is a beautiful place to visit. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, you could walk all the way to Portobello Beach along the seafront.

River Esk

There’s a lovely riverside walk along the River Esk in Musselburgh, which just so happens to go right past Eskmills. We love going on this walk on a sunny lunch break to get some fresh air. There are some really beautiful views along this walk – keep an eye out for swans, ducks and other wildlife along the route.

Levenhall Links

The walk around Levenhall Links is perfect for an evening stroll, especially on a gorgeous summer evening as the sun is setting over the sea. The lagoons (which were built in the early 1960s) are a great spot for birdwatching. There’s even a bird hide on the reserve if you fancy settling in for an evening of spotting the local wildlife.

John Muir Way

The John Muir Way is a 134 mile route which stretches from coast to coast, starting in Helensburgh and finishing in Dunbar. If you don’t fancy trying the whole route, there are lots of shorter sections to explore, including on in Musselburgh. The path follows the coastline, heading along the harbour, past the Links, round Levenhall and along the seaside towards Prestonpans. There’s also an additional walk, which isn’t part of the main John Muir Way, called the Musselburgh Trail – it’s a 4km route which loops around the River Esk.