3 reasons links golf fans should visit East Lothian

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If you’re planning a golf trip to Scotland from the US and you love links golf, it’s time to discover more about Scotland’s Golf Coast in East Lothian.

REASON 1: Warm weather & world-class links golf courses everywhere

Scotland is famous for many things, including being the birthplace of links golf, but it’s fair to say that sunshine isn’t usually among them.

But if you’re planning a golf trip to Scotland, you may not have heard of a picturesque coastal golf paradise close to Edinburgh called East Lothian that is one of the sunniest places in Scotland.

Famous for its unique warm and dry microclimate, East Lothian offers golfers an unusually high number of playable days throughout the year.

Known as Scotland’s Golf Coast, East Lothian boasts 21 golf courses along 30 miles of sunning coastline, including the greatest concentration of Championship links golf courses anywhere in the world.

You’ll also find a huge range of accommodation options all of which are close by. Less travel = more golf!

Home of the 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Scottish Opens, Scotland’s Golf Coast East Lothian is a must-visit destination for links golf in Scotland.

Find out more about Scotland’s Golf Coast East Lothian

Dunbar Golf Club

REASON 2: The diversity on its doorstep – from renowned names to hidden gems

For many golfers around the world, links golf in Scotland is the holy grail.

In East Lothian, you can experience every aspect of what makes links golf in Scotland so special without travelling more than a few miles.

East Lothian is home to some of the best golf courses in Scotland, world-renowned names such as Muirfield and famous Scottish golf courses such as North Berwick Golf Club.

Alongside the household names are many lesser-known but treasured hidden gem  courses such as The Glen Golf Club and Kilspindie Golf Club.

Then there is Dunbar Golf Club, a links golf course that lingers long in the memory of anyone who plays it. When golf podcaster and filmmaker Erik Anders Lang played a round at Dunbar he likened it to Scotland’s Pebble Beach. Watch Erik Anders Lang’s video on his visit to Dunbar in East Lothian here

Find out more about all the links golf courses in East Lothian – Scotland’s Golf Coast

Find out where to stay on your golf trip to East Lothian – Scotland’s Golf Coast

REASON 3: Easy access to Edinburgh  

While your Scottish golf trip will be all about getting out there on the courses as much as possible, you’ll want to do some sightseeing too. And no trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the capital, Edinburgh.

One of the reasons East Lothian is such a good destination for a golf trip to Scotland is that it is so close to Edinburgh. Known as Edinburgh’s Coast & Countryside, it is only 17 miles from Edinburgh airport so you can land in Scotland, travel to your accommodation and be out playing links golf within a couple of hours. And with so many links golf courses on your doorstep, you’ll spend less time travelling between courses and more time playing.

After you’ve had your fill of golf, you can take a train from one of East Lothian’s many local train stations to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and spend time exploring the Scottish capital’s famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat.