From sunny summer breaks to magical festive getaways, from romantic escapes to friends just wanting to have fun, Whitekirk Hill has all you need for the perfect break, all in one place.
You can make your stay as relaxed or adrenalin-fuelled as you like. With activities onsite to keep the children interested and amused, a pool for some family fun and a luxury spa for the adults to escape to.
We have lots of fun ideas for activities that you can arrange in the lodges and lots of recommendations for things to do close by.
Spend a little time planning your stay and then making memories that last a lifetime is easy.
Much more than a soft play area. A wonderful contemporary barn filled with unique and eye-catching structures to climb up and slide down, hide, and explore.
A complementary visit is included with your stay and if one visit isn’t enough then you can easily book more online. Nerf Fun on a Friday is always a huge hit but if you prefer a quieter play then our Quiet Time Tuesday sessions will fit the bill.
We always have lots happening so keep an eye out on our “What’s On” page to make sure you don’t miss out.
The Leisure Club is a light, bright and inviting space to both exercise and relax.
The gym is stocked with an array of Life Fitness equipment that suits all exercise levels from the seasoned gym enthusiast to someone starting out. Remember and pack your trainers.
If you enjoy running then why not join one of our running groups. Designed for beginners and more seasoned runners.
The swimming pool with sauna, steam room and spa bath is the perfect place to unwind post workout.
A haven of tranquillity the spa at Whitekirk Hill offers an array of luxurious treatments designed to relax, restore and revive. Whether you prefer the sound of our Signature Facial or a Diamond Cocoon Massage we have a treatment to suit all our guests.
We recommend booking appointments in advance of you stay, especially if there are a few of you wanting to visit at the same time.
We advertise last minute appointments at the Main Reception desk, so it’s never too late to relax.
With over 22 courses to tempt golfers of all ages and abilities is it little wonder that East Lothian is know as the Scotland Golf Coast. Boasting the world’s greatest concentration of championship links courses the area is also recognised as one of Scotland’s driest locations making all-year round golf possible.
Two venues in the region will welcome the world’s best this year with the Renaissance Club hosting the Genesis Scottish Open for a fourth straight year and Muirfield hosting the AIG Women’s Open for the very first time.
Other well know courses which are just a short drive away include Archerfield, Gullane, Craigielaw, Kilspindie, North Berwick and Dunbar.
East Lothian is famous for it’s spectacular beaches. Just a very short distance from Whitekirk Hill is Seacliff beach, famous as the backdrop for the Outlander series. Tyninghame beach is equally beautiful and a firm favourite with wild swimmers.
East Links Family Park, a family attraction offering a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, as well as pony rides and small animal handling.
Foxlake an award-winning adventure hub offering a wide variety of unique and exhilarating adrenaline filled outdoor activities including a ropes course over water, wakeboarding, ringos and Segways.
For walkers the name John Muir will be instantly recognisable. His path, the John Muir Way, stretches 134 miles from Helensburgh in the West to Dunbar in the East. Whitekirk Hill is perfectly positioned for you to join the last stage of the walk which takes you in to Dunbar, the birthplace of John Muir.
Holidays are all about having fun and creating magical memories. East Lothian provides so many opportunities to do this.
You can explore the rugged East Lothian coastline with adventure company Ocean Vertical or when “surfs up” Coast to Coast Surf School in Dunbar will make sure you don’t get wiped out.
You can hire e-bikes to explore Whitekirk Hill and further afield from EZ Riders but if you prefer a slightly different mode of transport, then nearby Seacliff Stables is a must. Home to beautiful horses suitable for complete beginners to advanced riders.
All the fun doesn’t need to be outdoors. If you are feeling creative then head to Fingers & Thumbs craft centre in North Berwick, or a short walk away, the trampolines at the Leisure Centre. The Odeon Cinema, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is only 30 minutes away and always shows the latest blockbusters.
One of Dunbar’s best kept secrets is “Seriously Dough” – delicious doughnuts that they will deliver to your lodge. What could be more fun?
If you are going to learn something whilst on holiday then better make it something fun. What could be more fun than becoming an expert on your favourite tipple?
The Glenkinchie Distillery at Pencaitland, a short taxi ride away, is a must for those who enjoy exceptional whiskies and great stories. They offer a fully guided tour, followed by the opportunity to draw straight from the Cask.
If whisky isn’t your first choice then maybe gin is? Right beside Whitekirk Hill is the NB Gin distillery. Tours start with a welcome drink visiting the distillery where they create their famous gin and vodka. The tour is concluded in the tasting lounge with a ‘flight’ of a further 5 drinks.
Winton Beer is a local brew with some intriguing names such as the “Tash Tickler” lager and “Taps Aff”. Join them in their tap room every Saturday 4pm – 10pm for fresh beer and sparkling banter!
When it comes to castles and historic sites, it has been said that East Lothian is probably the best region in Scotland to visit. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your lodge to see the majestic Tantallon castle.
A short trip away you can find both Hailles castle, one of the strongest castles in the Lothians and a fun place to explore as a family and the incredible Dirleton Castle, a medieval fortress, dating back to the 13th century.
Preston Mill is an enchanting piece of 17th century history where you can enjoy guided tours given by the National Trust for Scotland who own the site. Preston Mill achieved international stardom of late due to its role in Outlander. It’s mill wheel being the one that poor Jamie had to get unstuck in season one. It’s quirky and historical.
Walk on the fields where Oliver Cromwell fought the Scots at Dunbar or on the beach where Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman filmed their blockbuster. History surrounds us.
Just a short train journey takes you to Scotland’s capital. A cosmopolitan and vibrant city steeped in a history that will leave you intrigued, amused and equally horrified.
The jewel in Edinburgh’s crown is the castle which dominates the cityscape and if you enjoy all things regal then a visit to the Palace of Holyrood and a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia have to be on your list.
Dynamic Earth is one of Edinburgh’s most popular visitor attraction. This hugely interactive experience presents the story of the planet – how it was created and how it continues to evolve.
The National Museum of Scotland is a collection of 16 galleries housing over 8000 artefacts covering history, culture, science, technology and natural history. Don’t miss Dolly the sheep it’s most famous guest.
If retails therapy is on your list then head to the new St James Quarter followed by a bite to eat in the beautiful St Andrews Square. Cocktails in Harvey Nichols before dinner in The Ivy, yes please!
The list of things to do and see in Edinburgh is endless. We can help you where to start…