East Lothian stretches from eastern Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders and offers a picturesque area to live and buy property.

East Lothian at glance*

Average selling price
Median time to sell
19 days
Average % of Home Report achieved
Most popular property type
2 bedroom house

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* Figures are based on properties marketed and sold through ESPC. Home Report valuations relate to properties where the Home Report was available on Figures relate to the 3 month period ending on 31/01/2021

About the area

East Lothian hugs the coastline of the Forth of the Firth for 40 miles or so, before meandering gently inland, with character-filled villages and historic market towns dotting the landscape; making this Scottish district one of the most appealing in which to own a property.

Fishing hamlets and rolling farmlands spread themselves around rural communities in an area of Scotland known to enjoy more sunshine than anywhere else in this northern Celtic region.

Golfers enthuse about the quality links courses that abound while beach lovers and surfers wax lyrical about the sandy beaches, dunes and high rollers; East Lothian presents a diverse stage where horse-racing, culture and nature mingle, providing hours of quality recreation for the whole family, without having to leave its borders.

Growth and development

East Lothian Council embarked on their Economic Development Strategy with clearly-defined goals and objectives which include enlarging upon the number of local businesses as well as the percentage of East Lothian residents contributing towards the local economy; strategies they are working towards include, in their words: “To be the best place in Scotland to set up and grow a business” and “To be Scotland’s leading coastal, leisure and food and drink destination.”

Their vision statement says that by 2020, “East Lothian will have an established reputation as having the highest quality of life in the UK and the quality of our environment will be recognised as amongst the best in Europe.”

This may prove a good incentive to visit an ESPC showroom, renowned for advertising quality properties for sale in this area.

Lifestyle and entertainment

East Lothian lays claim to a wealth of archaeological discoveries and a host of mediaeval churches; reminders of a successful industrial past are evident everywhere.  Perhaps while embarking on the John Muir Way, the famed walking route from Dunbar to Musselburgh, theses can be explored further, or take in the Lammemuirs to the south; a more peaceful nature-lovers’ paradise would be hard to find.

Nautical activities are also on the cards with North Berwick being a popular sailing venue; boat trips out to Bass Rock and the Isle of May are a regular event in the summer months to take advantage of the spectacular wildlife on display at this time.  22 golfing venues include the Open Championship Course at Muirfield; East Lothian really is a golfers’ paradise.

East Lothian Food and Drink Awards is an annual event that encourages restaurateurs and other eateries to compete with each other thought-out the year to strive for excellence in this industry, encouraging diners to leave with nothing but good to say about their meal.

Superb wining and dining venues exist up and down the coast and right the way up to inland destinations.World-class educational and medical facilities, as well as shopping opportunities in the form of avant garde stores, quality supermarkets, artisan shops and extensive retail parks, are spread out evenly across the county.

Find your home in East Lothian

Looking for property in a popular region can be a daunting task, however that is where ESPC, by way of their two showrooms, free weekly publications or online portal, can do the legwork for you. Read more about ESPC’s services or chat to one of their friendly, efficient advisers when considering renting or buying property in East Lothian.