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Gullane Attractions

East Lothian

Gullane Village

Gullane Village or known as Gullane Golf Village has been in existence since before the 9th century when the first church was built. Golf has been played here circa 1640.

Gullane East Lothian is known mainly for Golf with 2 Open Championship Courses Gullane 1 Established in 1884 and Muirfield opened in 1891 . There are also 2 further courses at Gullane No.2 opened 1898 and No.3 opened 1910. 

Luffness New formed in 1894 by Mr Henry Hope, owner of Luffness Estate, designed by Tom Morris.

The course has remained in the same format since 1894. 

Old Church of St Andrew’s 

Gullane East Lothian 

Gullane East Lothian, the Church at Gullane was a parish church run by a vicar after 1268 until it closed in 1612 and all services were taken at Dirleton. Dirleton was dedicated to St. Andrew in 1444. From the 7th Century until early in the 11th Century, Lothian was part of the kingdom of Northumbria. When the Scottish Border was established, in 1018 as it is now there were many changes especially to the church.

Old Church of St Andrew Gullane East Lot
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Old Church of St Andrew

In 1127 the Bishop of St. Andrews claimed jurisdiction over all the churches in the Lothians. Plaque inscription reads:

Old church of St Andrew | Close by this site in ancient times our ancestors erected a Christian Cross as witness to their faith.  A Church dedicated to St Andrew was established, probably as early as the 9th century, 

and three centuries later the simple Norman church was began. 

The Scots Parliament decreed a transfer to Dirleton in 1612, partly because 

the old church was being “continewallie over blown with sand” and partly because its

 location had become inconvenient as most of the parishioners at that time lived in Dirleton.

 Growth of Gullane as a holiday and golfing resort during the 19th century led to the building

 of St Peter’s Church, now disused, Gullane Parish Church and St Adrian’s Scottish Episcopal Church.

 This plaque commemorates the abiding witness of those early Christians as we start the third millennium.

 Erected by Gullane Parish Church | 2000 A.D. 

The stoup from the ruined church is still used during baptisms in the parish church.

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Early Christian Cross Old Church of St A

The Old Smiddy

Gullane East Lothian 

The Old Smiddy a blacksmith’s forge on Smiddy Green was where the first tee of Gullane golf course once was situated. Now a children’s golf course where no adults are allowed.

Old Smiddy Gullane East Lothian

Gullane War Memorial

To remember the fallen in the World Wars

Gullane War Memorial East Lothian

Gullane Golf

Heritage Museum

The Heritage of Golf Museum with the development of golf from Europe circa 1450 to the modern game. See old balls and clubs how they were made. From when golf was played one on one or two v's  two and the crowds followed them round the course, where there were no bunkers and only 5 rules and then when the first written rule in 1744 were produced there were 13. The museum is open by appointment only. Please call David Kirkwood on (44) 0 1620 842 744

Golf Museum Gullane East Lothian

The Gullane Golf Courses

The first Gullane golf course was Gullane No. 1 opened in 1884 and the first Golf Club (Dirleton Castle Golf Club) was founded in 1854. Gullane Golf Course No. 2 (1898) and No.3 (1910) were designed by Willie Park Jr, one of the top golf course designers in the world. He was Open Champion on two occasions and born in Musselburgh East Lothian,  inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

Gullane Golf Course Gullane Village East

Gullane Golf House

The first Golf club house in Gullane was built in 1889 on East Links Road to accommodate the members of the first Gullane Golf Club. The golf club house closed in 1928 and moved to its new home where it still stands.

The Old Club house is now a restaurant.

Old Golf Clubhouse Gullane.East Lothian
Gullane Members Golf Club East Lothian

Gullane Beach

Gullane Beach on the East Coast in East Lothian on the Firth of Forth is a golden sand beach great for children and families (no chair hire). Watch the windsurfers and have a swim (cold water).  Have a walk along the beach and find the King's Chair and the ruins of St Patrick's Castle.

Gullane Beach East Lothian.

Greywalls Hotel and Gardens

East Lothian

Greywalls House was built in 1901 to a design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is close to the Muirfield old Course. Home of the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh. Mr Rattray club secretary wrote the first rules of golf in 1744.

The Greywalls House built for Alfred Lyttelton one of the best sportsmen in Britain in his time. He was the first man to represent England at both Cricket and Football, a successful politician and served as Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1903 and 1905. The architect of Greywalls also designed  New Delhi, the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the British Embassy in Washington.

Greywalls Hotel Gullane East Lothian

St Patrick's Chapel

At Black Rocks it is possible to see the ruin of St Patrick's Chapel, which is thought to date back to circa 1510. 

Memorial Seating

Gullane Golf Course

A circular stone walled bench stands overlooking Gullane Golf Course and the coast of East Lothian with plaques to the memory people of Gullane who all enjoyed this place. 

King's Chair

Close  to the memorial is the King's Chair, a stone in the shape of a reclining chair is known as the King's Chair, (nothing spectacular) it has been in the same position for over 130 years. Gullane No.1 course has a hole named after it and there are three stones in the group.  

Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Always Remembered Gullane East Lothian
Gulland Golf Club Memorial Seat Gullane

Saltcoats Castle

Gullane East Lothian

Saltcoats castle ruins on the site of an ancient salt marsh is just situated of the Gullane 3 golf course. Built in the sixteenth century by the Lethingtons of Saltcoats who are also said to be the original owners and constructors of Lennoxlove House in Haddington. Not much to see now but remains of walls can still be seen after 200 years 

The Thirteen Rules of Golf


​“You must tee your ball within a club’s length of the hole”


“Your tee must be on the ground.”)


“You are not to change the ball which you strike off the tee.”


“You are not to remove stones, bones or any break club for the sake of playing your ball, except upon the fair green, and that only within a club’s length of the ball.”


“If your ball comes among water, or any watery filth, you are at liberty to take out your ball and bringing it behind the hazard and teeing it, you may play it with any club and allow your adversary a stroke for so getting out your ball.”


“If your balls be found anywhere touching one another you are to lift the first ball till you play the last.”


“At holing you are to play your ball honestly at the hole, and not to play upon your adversary’s ball, not lying in your way to the hole.”


“If you should lose your ball, by its being taken up, or any other way, you are to go back to the spot where you struck last and drop another ball and allow your adversary a stroke for the misfortune.”


“No man at holing his ball is to be allowed to mark his way to the hole with his club or anything else.”


“If a ball be stopped by any person, horse, dog, or anything else, the ball so stopped must be played where it lies.”


“If you draw your club in order to strike and proceed so far in the stroke as to be bringing down your club, if then your club should break in any way, it is to be accounted a stroke.”


“He whose ball lies farthest from the hole is obliged to play first.”


“Neither trench, ditch, or dyke made for the preservation of the links, nor the Scholars’ Holes or the soldiers’ lines shall be accounted a hazard but the ball is to be taken out, teed and played with any iron club.” (The first written rules also include the first local rule, for what we would now describe as ground under repair.)

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