Musselburgh (St Michael's Kirk Inveresk)

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Musselburgh - Musselburgh visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Musselburgh' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Lothian.

Musselburgh lies at the mouth of the River Esk on the south side of the Firth of Forth a short distance from Edinburgh. It is the largest town in , and one of the oldest in Scotland, founded by the Romans around 80AD, who built a fort and bridge across the river. The name comes from 'mussel' and 'burgh' (town), linking the town with mussel harvesting. This map shows some of the attractions and sights around the town.

The bridge that the Romans built over the River Esk secured the fortunes and future of Musselburgh. For the next 2,000 years this remained the main approach to Edinburgh. The Roman bridge lasted until around 1300, when a new bridge was built on the old foundations and then replaced in 1597 by another, stone bridge which still exists today.

The banks of the River Esk near Musselburgh was the sight of an important battle during the War of the Rough Wooing in the 16th century. Known as the 'Battle of Pinkie Cleugh', or 'Black Saturday' in Scotland, this saw the defeat of the Scots by English Royal armies, the English aided by a naval bombardment from ships in the Firth, the first such use of naval artillery on British soil.

Musselburgh - Tourist Attractions

Musselburgh has several attractions to draw the modern visitor:
  • 'Roman' Bridge - 16th century, 3-arch stone bridge over the River Esk, first built in Roman times, playing a vital role in the history of Scotland.
  • Musselburgh Golf Course - the oldest golf course on earth.
  • Mussleburgh Harbour - also known as 'Fisherrow Harbour', an active fishing harbour since the 1600's, now mostly used for leisure craft.
  • Brunton Theatre - with all kinds of shows, music and dance year round.
  • Dolls Museum - housed in the former St Thomas' Church on Bridge Street.
  • Inveresk Lodge Garden - formal gardens with an Edwardian conservatory and aviary set next to a woodland in Inveresk, 2 miles from Musselburgh town center.
  • Musselburgh Racecourse - horse racing has been popular in Musselburgh Links since 1816, with horse racing year round.
  • Newhailes Estate - 17th century house set in 80 acres of estate, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Musselburgh Old Town Hall and Tolbooth - dating from 1590, this is one of the oldest buildings in Scotland, now housing the Musselburgh Museum.
  • Preston Tower & Gardens - 15th century, six-storey tower house, burned by Oliver Cromwell in 1650. Found in Prestonpans, 3km east of Musselburgh.
  • National Museum of Flight - on East Fortune Airfield some 24km east of Musselburgh, with a collection of Spitfire, English Electric Lightning, Messerschmitt Komet, De Havilland Comet, Avro Vulcan, Mig15, McDonald Douglas Phantom, Hawker Siddeley Harrier among other.
  • Musselburgh Mercat Cross - 18th century cross in the middle of the town from which various proclamations would be made.
  • David McBeth Moir Statue - memorial to famous local doctor erected in 1853.
  • Hailes Castle - ruins of 13th century castle in East Linton East, 26km east of Musselburgh.
  • Dirleton Castle - formidable fortress built in 1220 in Dirleton, 23km east of Musselburgh.
  • Edinburgh - all the attractions in Edinburgh, just 10km west of Musselburgh, including the famous Edinburgh Castle.
  • Craigmillar Castle - 15th century castle, home to the Preston Family and now managed by Historic Scotland, 7km west of Musselburgh.


Musselburgh Tourist Information
Granada Service Area (A1)
Old Craighall
East Lothian
EH21 8RE
Phone: + 44 (0)131 653 6172


Train: Musselburgh railway station, Wallyford railway station
Road: is on the A199, close to the A1 which bypasses the town, about 9km east of the center of Edinburgh.

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