About Musselburgh

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Musselburgh is located on the south shore of the Firth of Forth in Scotland at the mouth of the River Esk, approximately six miles east of Edinburgh.

It is the largest town in East Lothian and is a good base from which to explore the beautiful coastline which stretches south to Dunbar. Visitor attractions here include one of the busiest racecourses in Scotland, for both National Hunt and Flat meetings. There are some notable historic sites, including a 13th century stone bridge across the Esk which was used by Edward II in his retreat from the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, and The Tolbooth which was built around 1590.

The name Musselburgh, or 'mussel town', derives from its history connected to development of mussel beds at the mouth of the River Esk. At low tide the sea retreats nearly a mile to expose a sandy beach with scattered shingles. The Coat of Arms for Musselburgh comprises three mussels, referring to the origins of the burgh, and three anchors which refer to the community's fishing traditions.

Musselburgh is popular for those looking for a more rural setting to live but wish to commute into Edinburgh for work.

Whether you are looking for a house, flat, bungalow, apartment, new build or any other kind of property for sale or for rent, ESPC may have the one in Musselburgh that you are looking for.

Musselburgh is also where you will find Loretto School, Scotland's oldest boarding school. ESPC visited the school in 2013 to run a teamworking session for the pupils as part of a local initiaitive to bridge the gap between schools and business.

What the local's say

Claire, who currently lives in Musselburgh told us why she loves living here:

"I love living in Musselburgh and with this move we are staying in this beautiful town, full of great shops, bars, restaurants, and lovely walks down to the harbour or down to the river to feed the ducks and swans.  And let’s not forget the world famous Lucas ice cream.  Or just a short walk along the road is Portobello Promenade, absolutely love this walk on a nice sunny day and a wee shot in the arcades which the kids love.  We have great cycle routes right on our doorstep too.   And what about Newhailes (a National Trust for Scotland attraction), where you can discover over 300 years of Scottish history.  A great little community."

What's your favourite thing about living in Musselburgh?

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  • Mrs Mary m hunter

    Mrs Mary m hunter 03 April 2015

    Everything you need is just a walk away. People have more time to talk to you. No parking fees for car. Walking along the river Esk seeing all the wild life.Its very well situated whether you walk,drive,go by bus or train. In a ruler setting
    Land and sea on the door step. M.H.