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East Lothian Golf

Where to Eat

Champany Inn, Linlithgow; 011-44/1506-834-532, champany.com. Make a special trip west of Edinburgh for fantastic steaks and a thousand wines in a historic location. $$$

The Clubhouse at Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady; 011-44/1875-870-802, craigielawgolfclub.com. Surprisingly delicious lunch overlooking the course. Great spot for a drink, too. $

Duck’s, Aberlady; 011-44/1875-870-682, ducks-aberlady.co.uk. The East Lothian branch of the popular Edinburgh eatery. $$$

Golf Inn, Gullane; 011-44/1620-843-259, golfinn.co.uk. Excellent all around. $$$

Greywalls, Gullane; 011-44/1620-842-144, greywalls.co.uk. Formal, quiet and romantic. First-rate fare. $$$$

La Potinière, Gullane; 011-44/1620-843-214. A haute cuisine evening: limited seating and menu and a four-hour meal, but maybe the best one you’ll have in Scotland. $$$$

Old Clubhouse, Gullane; 011-44/1620-842-008. A pint-and-pie pub in what was once the town’s golf clubhouse. Historic, friendly and fun. $$

Osteria, North Berwick; 011-44/1620-890-589, osteria-no1.co.uk. Elegant Italian dining in an elegant room. $$$$

The Rocks, Dunbar; 011-44/1368-862-287. Good spot for a sandwich and a pint after your round. $$

Historic Attractions

You can’t drive half a mile in Scotland without spying yet another castle or ruin; the amazing thing is that many of them are still occupied. East Lothian is no exception. At the very least, visit Dirleton Castle and Garden ( 011-44/1620-850-330, historic-scotland.gov.uk; $8) between Gullane and North Berwick, which dates to the thirteenth century and is still in remarkable shape. More weatherworn but even more dramatic is Tantallon Castle ( 011-44/1620-892-727, historic-scotland.gov.uk; $8) on the far side of North Berwick, an imposing, crumbling sandstone fortress overlooking the North Sea. Gosford House in Longniddry ( 011-44/1875-870-201) and Winton House in Pencaitland ( 011-44/1875-340-222, wintonhouse.co.uk; from $25) are both historic residences stuffed with antique treasures; both are also still occupied but visitable with a phone call. Also worth a look is the Drem Airfield, a terrific repository of military aircraft and even an SST that you can board. And of course, don’t miss Archie Baird’s Heritage of Golf Museum ( 011-44/1875-870-277) at the Gullane clubhouse. You must make an appointment, but there is no charge, and you will come away, if you are open to it, a wiser and better player and person.



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