Known as the “Honest Toun”, Musselburgh in East Lothian is situated at the mouth of the River Esk on the shore of the Firth of Forth. It dates back to Roman times when a fortress was built on Inveresk Hill.
Records of the Riding of the Marches date back to 1682 and the event occurs every 21 years. The Honest Toun Festival has been held in every year since 1936 apart from when the Riding of the Marches was taking place.
Musselburgh Racecourse is the oldest in Scotland dating back to 1816. The racecourse also contains the historic 9-hole Musselburgh Links golf course, which hosted the British Open six times between 1874 and 1889.
Musselburgh is located about two miles from Newcraighall Station on the Borders Railway and has its own railway station that is situated on the East Coast mainline.