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Living in Longniddry: The local area guide

Longniddry is a quaint village by the coast, situated in the region of East Lothian, Scotland. It is known for its beautiful sandy beach in the north, which extends for 2 miles. A distinct feature of this beach are the remains of a wall of concrete tank traps that have been there since World War II, and were initially put in place for protection, in case of a German attack. The beach is very popular with walkers, surfers, tourists, horse riders, and, of course, the ideal setting to take your family, and you can also bring your dog to the exercise area. Bird watchers are also known to frequent the beach, as there are many different kinds of birds that can be spotted feeding at low tides.

Golf lovers will be enthused to know about the Longniddry Golf Club, which occupies 106 acres and 6,230 yards. The course can be found next to the beach, and is the very same place in which Mary Queen of Scots played, way back in 1567. There have also been a few other well-known figures who have graced the shores of Longniddry, such as James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, Scottish poet, Hugh Macdiarmid, and author, Mollie Hunter.


Longniddry has a population of 2,613, while the wider area of East Lothian has a figure of 101,360. The population of East Lothian is predicted to grow by 23.3% between 2012 and 2037, which is at a faster rate than any of the other 32 local authorities of Scotland. The number of young adults also increased in East Lothian between 2001 and 2011 by 35.8%, which is a much larger figure than the 9.2% for Scotland as a whole. Despite this surge in statistics, the over 65 population in Longniddry is very prevalent.


The Longniddry Primary School educates children from the ages of 4-11, and prides itself on being non denominational when it comes to the teaching of Christianity. Church visits are made at least once each term, although there is a statutory provision for parents to withdraw children from participation in religious observance. The closest secondary school to Longniddry, is Preston Lodge High School, which is only around a 10-minute drive away, or one stop away by train.


The Longniddry Railway station used to be a very busy junction during the 1940s and 1950s, with a more extended service, but these days, the station is unmanned. For those who want to reach Edinburgh, there is a direct line that goes there in around 19 minutes, and there are about 20 trains per day that complete this journey. Alternatively, trains to Glasgow also run here, and take just over an hour and a half to get there. Bus services are also available to residents, with the 111 bus terminating in Edinburgh. To drive to Edinburgh, it takes only 23 minutes via the A1 motorway.

Amenities and shopping

The village has a number of local shops and resources tailored to all needs. Two Co-ops with a focus on ethical practices can be found centrally, where you will be able to purchase groceries and household goods. Similarly, a Lidl and a Londis also operate in the village, offering a great deal of convenience to locals. Postal services are also at hand here, as well as The Royal Bank of Scotland.

If you are looking for a nice place to have some lunch, then The Filling Station offers a lovely selection of sandwiches, baguettes, pies, soups and homemade cakes. The JoLi Cafe & Gifts is another pleasant establishment that boasts a fine range of pastries and tea, and also has its own gift shop. Head on over to The Longniddry Inn for some exquisite grilled food, steaks, or fish and chips.

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