Edinburgh to Prestonpans

Edinburgh to Prestonpans

Edinburgh to Prestonpans
Once you’ve immersed yourself in the wealth of sightseeing and dining opportunities, you can then leave Edinburgh via Musselburgh. Be sure to take in a race or two, if only for the spectacle, before joining the coast and its wading wildlife. Much of the shore is designated for its visiting birds, which flock on its sandy beaches and shores to pick up worms, shells or crustaceans amongst the tides. In winter you’ll see Redshanks and Dunlin and the large black-and-white Eider Ducks all-year-round. Eiders are unusual in that they ‘crunch up’ mussel shells (and their soft yummy contents) for an ideal meal. We've not listed any of the delights the city of Edinburgh has to offer, but try browsing the listed websites at the bottom of the page for ideas about which sights to see.


Key things to note about this route section.

10 miles, 16 km
Average time to complete
4 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

Path Quality

There are some Edinburgh streets to negotiate before you join cycle routes for most of the way to Prestonpans.

The city maintains many public toilets and large supermarkets also provide customer conveniences. Other public services such as sports centres, cinemas and swimming pools also provide this facility.



Coffee Drive
07487 538151


Prestonpans' Hotel and B&B Accommodation

0871 2301900

Drummohr Holiday Park

Caravans, motorhomes and tents welcome.

Cockenzie House & Gardens Cottages

Recently refurbished to a high standard, Cockenzie House & Gardens' homely cottages offer you a unique opportunity to relax in this charming seaside village – whilst being the perfect base to explore Edinburgh (15 minutes by car or 40 minutes by direct bus) and the rest of the wonderful Lothians.