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113, Edinburgh – Musselbrough – Pencaitland

The splendour and grandeur of Edinburgh gives way to entrancing East Scotland coastal charm and rural retreats


Single fare, £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. Rover tickets for East Coast Buses are available, as follows: Adult £5.50 Child (age 5-15) £2.75 Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £13.50. Rovers including Lothian services also available, go to https://www.lothianbuses.com/fares-and-tickets/

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No. of Attractions:

12 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 22 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30 minutes

Starting point:

Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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Journey fact:

Musselburgh, known as "The Honest Toun," has a lesser-known fact: it boasts the world's oldest continuously played golf course, Musselburgh Links. Golf has been played there since 1672, and legend says Mary, Queen of Scots, played a round in 1567.

Journey Overview

This is a gem of a journey, cutting through the heart of Edinburgh with its architectural magnificence before palatial, parkland perfection leads to sumptuous seaside scenery and the tranquil balm of Pencaitland.

As the bus pulls away from Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, you’re greeted by the city’s historic charm. The adventure begins with a view of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline, dominated by the majestic Edinburgh Castle perched high on its volcanic rock, a symbol of Scotland’s rich history.

Approaching West End Queensferry, the streets are alive with vibrant shops and bustling cafes, reflecting the city’s modern yet historic character. Soon, the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town gives way to the picturesque Waterloo Place, where classical buildings stand in grand symmetry, leading you to the foot of Calton Hill. Here, you glimpse the National Monument and the Nelson Monument, adding a classical touch to the panoramic cityscape.

The route continues to Meadowbank House, passing through leafy abodes and the lush, iconic, green expanse of heavenly Holyrood Park. The majestic Arthur’s Seat looms in the background, offering a stunning natural contrast to the urban environment. As the bus heads toward Brunstane, customers can’t fail to grasp the fascinating, momentum building transition to more suburban scenery, with charming houses and well-manicured gardens.

What a journey and it gets better! Reaching Eastfield Milton Roundabout, the vista opens up to rolling fields and distant hills, a reminder of Scotland’s rugged natural beauty. The Levenhall Roundabout area offers views of open spaces and the shimmering Firth of Forth in the distance, providing a breath of fresh air before arriving in the wonderful town of Mussleburgh with its lovely sightings of the coast and the River Esk, where the two meet! Look out for amazing architecture, including The Tolbooth in the High Street, which is is one of the finest and oldest buildings of its kind in Scotland and dates from around 1590.

At Wallyford Park, scenic thrill seekers onboard can glimpse the quaint village charm, with stone houses and a sense of calm. It’s a far cry from the early stages of this incredible journey of contrasts.

This really is a journey of contrasts and there’s more fabulous heritage to follow as the bus continues to Tranent High Street, passing through this historic town, where old meets new in a lively mix of shops and local businesses.

Further along, the bus makes its way down Ormiston Main Street which offers a delightful glimpse of rural life, with its cosy cottages and friendly community feel. Finally, as customers arrive at Pencaitland Park, the lush greenery and serene landscapes of the East Lothian countryside greet you, providing a peaceful and picturesque end to your journey.

This scenic sojourn from the heart of Edinburgh to the tranquil countryside is a delightful blend of historic landmarks, urban vibrancy, and natural beauty, offering a truly captivating experience, an enchanted deviation from mainstream Edinburgh!


A Fab Day Out!

Just a short walk from the bus route at West End Queensferry is the picturesque village of Dean Village, along the Water of Leith, and which feels like a step back in time. Stroll through cobbled streets and enjoy the tranquil scenery.

Onwards the bus continues and it’s worth stopping off at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which is a haven for art lovers, this gallery showcases contemporary works and beautiful sculpture gardens.

At Waterloo Place, it’s worth perusing iconic landmarks like the National Monument and the Nelson Monument, offering panoramic views of the city. Located nearby is Princes Street Gardens – these world famous lush gardens are perfect for a relaxing walk and provide stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.

Onto the bus and to Meadowbank House, where a short distance away is Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat – this incredible, expansive park offers hiking trails leading up to Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano with unparalleled views of the city. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is truly iconic and a ‘must see’ – it’s the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, this palace is steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The bus continues to Portobello Beach which is sandy and perfect for a seaside stroll, complete with a charming promenade and local cafes. Further on near Eastfield Milton Roundabout is Newhails Estate, a beautifully preserved 17th-century villa with extensive grounds, offering guided tours and picturesque walking paths.

Close to the Levenhall Roundabout stop is Mussleburgh Racecourse, where folk can catch a race at this historic location, which also hosts various events throughout the year. Inveresk Lodge Garden is also great and is an enchanted National Trust garden featuring exotic plants and a lovely pond, perfect for a peaceful retreat.

Onwards to Wallyford Park and Prestongrange Museum, where East Lothian’s industrial heritage can be explored, at this open-air museum with exhibits on mining, glassmaking, and brewing.

The bus continues to Tranent Tower and discovering the remnants of the medieval tower house and a glimpse into the area’s historical significance. Polson Park’s also a lovely green space in the heart of Tranent, ideal for a leisurely walk or picnic. Then into Ormiston High Street and the ancient Ormiston Yew, which is believed to be over a thousand years old, located near the historic Ormiston Church. Meanwhile, just outside Ormiston is Winton Castle, a stunning place, offering tours of the gardens and various fun-filled outdoor activities.

Finally, the denouement of this fab journey is Pencaitland Park and close by the Glenkinchie Distillery, which is world renowned and offers tours and tastings of its famous single malt Scotch whisky. It’s also lovely to be able to partake of a good walk in Pencaitland, perhaps along the former railway line, which is a great leisurely stroll.

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Take your scenic journey to the next level by embarking on this delightful walk, carefully curated by the expert team at Go Jauntly, the leading walking app provider.

The River Esk to Mussleburgh

Mini Tour of Portobello

Walk to the mountain Arthur's Seat

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