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Gilmerton House is a handsome Grade A listed Georgian mansion, situated in the heart of East Lothian, one of Scotland’s most picturesque counties, it is the perfect retreat for a luxury leisure break..



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Gilmerton House offers an exceptional level of accommodation and comfort. Matched with professional and experienced service; the house is suited to any event.

For many years the house has welcomed guests from far and wide seeking relaxation, tranquillity and complete privacy in sublime surroundings.


The Drawing Rooms are warm and inviting with patios and balcony overlooking the gardens and parkland.

The Music Room, one of the finest rooms of its age in Scotland, it was designed as a library and completely surrounded with wood panelling that has never been painted and a fine ceiling decorated with Rococo swirls.

The Dining Room, an elegant room with views over parkland and gardens, can cater for up to 20 guests.


The house boasts 10 luxuriously decorated double bedrooms, all with extensive ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom features a flat screen television and WIFI.


The estate comprises of one thousand acres; of which 100 acres are woodlands and walks.




Conveniently located only 22 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport can be reached by car within 40 minutes. Glasgow Airport 75 minutes.

The delightful market town of Haddington lies 4 miles West.


There are train stations in Dunbar (6 miles) with fast connections to London. Drem Station (2 miles) provides regular services to and from Edinburgh city centre.


30 miles from Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport 75 minutes.

Staff & Dining

Private Dining

Available for exclusive use on a residential or non-residential basis, Gilmerton House has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for entertaining. There are few places as elegantly decadent or enchanting for a private celebration or meal.

Whether for personal celebration or an impressive corporate event, this is a special venue to suit all, from intimate drawing rooms to the timeless splendour of our music room.

Music Room

Seating up to sixty guests, this Rococo panelled masterpiece provides an incomparable setting for an impressive lunch, private lunch or sumptuous dinner. Undoubtedly one of the finest examples of its kind in Scotland, originally designed as a library the wood panelled Rococo styled Music room has provided a spectacular setting for many memorable dinners and events over the centuries.

Things to Do

The coastline is only a few miles away with beautiful sandy beaches in an area world famous for its golfing facilities, including Muirfield, North Berwick and Gullane golf courses. Edinburgh lies 22 miles West and can be reached within 30 minutes by car via the A1 motorway and has countless tourist attractions.


(All beaches listed below are within 30 minutes of Gilmerton House).

Belhaven Bay

Belhaven Bay is a glorious, extensive beach within the John Muir Country Park. The beach stretches from Belhaven to the north of the River Tyne. It is fringed by low, sheltering sand dunes, rich salt marsh and colourful grasslands. The beach is ideal for walking, having picnics and sunbathing and affords splendid views across the Forth Estuary. There is a cliff top walk by Dunbar which passes the harbour and ruined castle.

Gullane Bents

Gullane Bents is a glorious sandy beach from which there are extensive views of the Firth of Forth. It is a popular family beach ideal for sunbathing, walking, kite flying, picnics and windsurfing and canoeing. The sea buckthorn and the extensive back dune system provides a haven for small birds.


A wild and undisturbed beach Seton Sands has a mix of both sand and rocks, providing an ideal location for family day trips. There is a dog exercise area and the beach provides a good walking and horse riding while windsurfers and canoeists often use the sea.

Longniddry Gosford

This long sandy and rocky beach is accessed easily from the road and car park. It is close to nature reserves and there are a lot of birds to be seen feeding when the tide is out. It is a great beach for blustery walks during the winter as well as family visits in the summer. The beach is also popular with canoeists and windsurfers.

North Berwick Misley Bay

An expansive sandy beach with splendid views of the Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth across to Fife. It is a popular family beach that is ideal for sun bathing, bird watching, picnics, walking and exploring rock pools. There is a boat pond built into the rocks which holds the water when the tide is out, providing a safe place for children to sail boats and paddle. The beach is very close to the picturesque harbour and the Scottish Seabird Centre providing wet weather entertainment should it rain.

North Berwick West Beach

North Berwick West Beach has a long stretch of sand with views to the island of Craigleith and the Bass Rock. It is a popular family beach providing an ideal location for sunbathing, bird watching, paddling, picnics and dog walking. Behind the beach is a putting green that is open during the summer months. It is close to the Lifeboat shed and also within walking distance of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Seacliff Beach, nr North Berwick

Seacliff beach is entered through a private road off the A198 at Auldhame. Note coin operated entry barrier £2.00 On the north side of the beach is a sheltered spot containing Seacliff Harbour, said to be the smallest in the UK. Great views out to Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle which looms on cliff overlooking the beach. Sandy beach ideal for families and watersports.


Accessed from the car park within the Tyninghame estate, is a mile of beautiful sand and dunes, with dramatic views of the Bass Rock out to sea. It is a popular beach and has access to many paths leading through the Tyninghame Estate.


Yellowcraig is a natural cove beach with spectacular views to the 1885 lighthouse on Fidra Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson famous tale Treasure Island. It is a popular family beach, which offers a nature trail, barbecue site (which must be pre-booked with the council) and a network of footpaths through the sheltered woodlands and extensive grassland. Adventure play area located next to car park.


Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, 16 miles

Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Located in the heart of East Lothian 16 miles from Archerfield, nestled in a beautiful woodland on the edge of the newly renovated John Muir Way. Whether you want to give wakeboarding a try, tackle zip lines on FoxFall or just chill out on the lake side with a coffee, Foxlake will have something for you.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, 23 Miles

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation’s story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it.

Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, 23 Miles

For a great day out, you can’t beat Edinburgh Zoo. Their world-class attractions and extensive animal collection including the Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the only two giant pandas in the UK, will provide you and your family with memories to last a lifetime!

Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Castle is located in the distinctive medieval village of Dirleton, a short distance from Gullane and North Berwick. Built on a natural rocky outcrop are the complex and fantastic remains of Dirleton castle.

Glenkinchie Distillery

Distillery visitor centre and tours. Children are welcome however under 8s are not permitted around the distillery. Lanugage boards and leaflets are available in French, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, German, Mandarin, Italian and Dutch.

Hailes Castle

Located to the immediate south west of East Linton and built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Tyne, are the almost hidden remains of what is believed to be the oldest stone castle in Scotland. This fortified manor dates to the late 1200s but was later extended in the 14th and 15th centuries. Entering through the curtain wall there are two towers, a vaulted kitchen and a grand hall to explore plus two vaulted pit prisons. Situated in a lovely tranquil location, this is a lovely small castle to spend some time visiting.

John Muir’s Birthplace

Admission is free to John Muir’s Birthplace. We regularly host temporary exhibitions and events through the year.

Musselburgh Racecource

Horseracing is great fun for everyone – if you’ve never been racing before, our friendly staff will help you make the most of your day. We offer special family days throughout the spring and summer, with our East Sunday race meeting offering a huge choice of free fairground rides.
27 racemeetings are held a year, offering flat and national hunt racing.

Myreton Motor Museum

Myreton Motor Museum was founded in 1966 and has a large collection of cars, bicycles, motor cycles and commercial vehicles dating back to 1899.

National Museum of Flight

Explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day. Full your day with interactive galleries, supersonic experiences, historic hangers, an assult course and acres of green grass and fresh air!

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club

Headquarters of Scotland’s national birdwatchers’ club. Resource Centre includes large reference library and wildlife art gallery.

Scottish Seabird Centre

Get close to nature at this award-winning five star visitor attraction. With stunning views over the sea and white sandy beaches. Exciting Discovery Centre with amazing live cameras to watch wildlife on the islands. Wildlife cinema, interactive displays, kids’ play zone and giant aquarium with fish feeding, daily. Boat trips to the Bass Rock and Isle of May to see puffins and gannets.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon is located in a truly stupendous location, over looking steep cliffs and the sea. Originally dating to the 14th century, this vast castle with its thick and high stone walls, courtyards and stone towers has seen a turbulent history. It was also associated with many important historical figures, Mary Queen of Scots being just one of them. There is a lot to see and explore here, including the dovecot and immediate grounds.



Gilmerton House and the Kinloch family have strong historical links with golf. East Lothian is proud to have some of the finest links golf courses in the world, which makes Gilmerton House the ideal luxury accommodation for your next Scottish golfing break. Here is a list of some of the well-known courses, including the approximate travel time from Gilmerton House.

North Berwick (5.3 miles)
North Berwick Golf Club
Beach Road, North Berwick, EH39 4BB
Tel: 01620 892135
Fax: 01620 893274

Muirfield (7 miles)
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Duncur Road, Gullane, EH31 2EG
Tel: 01620 842123
Fax: 01620 842977

Gullane (7 miles)
West Links Road, Gullane, EH31 2BB
Tel: 01620 842255

Luffness (6 miles)
Aberlady, East Lothian EH32 0QA
Tel: 01620 843 336

Dunbar (9 miles)
Dunbar Golf Club
East Links, Dunbar, EH42 1LL
Tel: 01368 862317

Weddings & Events


Getting married or forming a civil partnership is a very special occasion and choosing the right location for your ceremony is paramount. With 10 luxuriously appointed bedrooms and a choice of elegant reception rooms, Gilmerton House is the perfect exclusive use venue for a fabulous celebration and offers a wonderful setting for your wedding at any time of the year.

When you choose Gilmerton House for your wedding, this includes all the facilities of the mansion, making it your own stately home for the duration of your stay.

For marquee weddings, the rose garden situated in the picturesque and secluded grounds, offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebration.


The perfect place to host your family celebration, for over 20 years the house has been operating as a successful exclusive use private venue and includes all the facilities of the mansion, making it your own stately home for your enjoyment. From birthday parties, to special anniversaries, or simply an excuse to spend time with friends and family.

Film Shoots

Gilmerton House has become a location of choice for the film, television and advertising industry and we pride ourselves on our professional and discreet service. We are experienced in the demands of a busy crew and are here to ensure your shoot goes smoothly.

Recent Clients Include:

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Lionsgate Film (The Railway Man)
  • Burberry