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The Royal Company of Archers at Musselburgh 1964

Leisure & Sport

Leisure & SportWith its attractive coastline and rich golfing heritage, East Lothian has been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century.

During the summer large numbers of day trippers and weekenders would come by coach or train from Edinburgh. Some came to enjoy the beaches, others to golf, and the many guest houses and hotels were full throughout the season. The county also drew in tourists from the south of England, thanks to trains stopping at Dunbar and stations throughout the county.

As well as tourism East Lothian has a fine sporting pedigree. Musselburgh makes claim to the world’s oldest sports competition. Since at least 1603, the Royal Company of Archers have competed for the accolade of winning the Musselburgh Silver Arrow.

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Images featured
James Richardson on West Links, North Berwick, c. 1890

Dunbar swimming pond, August 1964. The pool was sheltered by the surrounding cliffs but the water was unheated.

High Dive event at North Berwick Bathing Pond, c. 1950. Look at the crowds!

Holidaymakers on Gullane beach, c. 1930. The beach huts could be hired for the season

Golfers playing on North Berwick Links, 1890s. Image includes the Provost of the time John Whitecross.

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