Musselburgh is a beautiful town on the coast of the Forth of Fife. The Romans made it up to Musselburgh and the town is thought to be older than Edinburgh - it certainly received its charter first. Aside from history,  it’s close for commutes into the city, but has a lovely seaside town feel.

Home to the famous racecourse – the second largest in Scotland – as well as the golf course, which is said to be one of the oldest in the world. If you like the theatre, from your new house you can walk to The Brunton and watch a play, film or enjoy an event. 

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Living in Musselburgh

Perfectly placed for transport links

Well placed near the A1 which heads into Edinburgh (6 miles) which makes buying near the coast great for commuting. If you'd prefer, jump on a train and you could be in Edinburgh Waverley within seven minutes. Heading east from Edinburgh, the A1 takes a coastal route all the way to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The A720 is The City of Edinburgh Bypass, which sweeps west and connects to the M8 and Glasgow. Edinburgh Airport is around 17 miles away and can take around half an hour by car, by public transport, around an hour. East Coast Buses and Lothian Buses run frequent services to, from and around East Lothian.

Shop local

The town has plenty of local clothes shops, homeware stores, pharmacies, independents, as well as a couple of convenience stores. There's a large Tesco Extra in Musselburgh with other smaller supermarkets nearby. Around a mile from the town, the Fort Kinnaird Retail Mall with 75 shops and a seven-screen multiplex cinema gives you all the top brands and entertainments you need. If you'd like to shop local, head to the monthly farmers’ market which is based in the Stables Courtyard at Newhailes House & Garden.

Great education options

There are a lot of good schools, including Campie Primary School, Musselburgh Burgh Primary School and Stoneyhill Primary School. Older children can attend Holy Rood, Gracemount or St David's RC High Schools - or the coveted Grammar School, which is one of the oldest grammar schools in the country.

The best of coast and city

You have it all, the lovely seaside town, walks along the seafront, fish and chips overlooking the harbour and the city on your doorstep. Head into Edinburgh for museums, galleries, theatres, eclectic shopping, small boutiques, delicious cafes and a dazzling night life. Or stay home on the beautiful beaches of East Lothian. 

New builds in Musselburgh

Persimmon Homes has a number of new houses available in Musselburgh and new builds in East Lothian and the Edinburgh area including new homes in Wallyford and Dunbar. To find out more about our available properties in your area, see our list of Persimmon developments below…