Property Focus: East Lothian

East Lothian property focus

Birthplace of the Scottish flag and officially one of the sunniest areas of Scotland, East Lothian, which borders Edinburgh and Midlothian, is an ideal location for those looking to live near the capital.

The county offers some of the best beaches in Scotland.  With around 40 miles of coastline stretching from the border with Edinburgh down to Dunbar.  The area includes a collection of small seaside towns and villages including North Berwick, Port Seton and Musselburgh, all of which are a short train or car journey from Edinburgh.

East Lothian is the perfect place for golf fans with a wide selection of links golf courses including Gullane and North Berwick. The small village of East Fortune is home to the National Museum of Flight where visitors can see a decommissioned Concorde and if wildlife is your passion then East Lothian is also home to the Scottish Sea Bird Centre.



This seaside town which lies 25 miles north of Edinburgh is one of the most sought-after areas in East Lothian with a four-bedroom detached house in this area selling in the region of £395,000. Although one of the most expensive seaside towns in Scotland, there are some three-bedroom terraced houses available for around £180,000 which, for the area, is particularly low.

This area of East Lothian is perfect for those looking to enjoy the quiet life that North Berwick offers with picturesque views and a friendly local community.


The largest town in East Lothian is Musselburgh with this three-bedroom detached villa in Newhailes Crescent on offer for £390,000 as well as this three-bedroom semi-detached house available for offers over £245,000.

Musselburgh is approximately six miles from Edinburgh and is the perfect location for those looking to work in the city but live in a more affordable area.

Musselburgh has excellent transport links with regular trains making it possible to get to Edinburgh city centre in less than 15 minutes and is a short ten-minute drive from Fort Kinnaird; the second largest retail park in the UK.

The town is home to Musselburgh Racecourse, the oldest racecourse in Scotland, and has over 70,000 visitors every year. As well as this, Musselburgh is an excellent location for golf fans with Musselburgh Links, which hosted the first Open Golf Championship, dating back to 1672 making it the oldest surviving golf club in the world.


The small town of Prestonpans is situated around nine miles from Edinburgh and is one of the most affordable areas in East Lothian with two-bedroom flats typically selling for just over £100,000 and three-bedroom terraced houses selling for £175,000.

This area has seen a lot of development in recent years with many new build houses attracting more people to the town. The quickest way to travel to Edinburgh from Prestonpans is by train which takes between 10-15 minutes, making it a great location for commuters who have a smaller budget.


This small town surrounded by the Garleton Hills and close to the River Tyne is roughly 20 miles from Edinburgh and hosts the Haddington Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of every month. The area boasts stunning views and a three-bedroom detached house here would sell in the region of £240,000 with a one-bedroom flat near Haddington High Street selling for around £100,000.

Haddington is a quiet and peaceful area in the countryside of East Lothian surrounded by small villages, making it the perfect location for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.


If you’re thinking about buying property in East Lothian, then get in touch with VMH today. Likewise, if you’re looking to sell property in East Lothian then contact VMH here.