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5 reasons why you should visit the east coast this spring

east scotland places to visit

Whether it is dancing, history, fossils or golf you are into – you will find it all here in the east coast, and more.

If you are planning a trip to the east coast then we have a selection of five must-visit places below. Make a weekend of it and book to stay in one of the hotels, pop into some of the local shops and discover more about our history and heritage.


Woodside Hotel

Panorama in Aberdour - east scotland places to visit

Why not take a break in beautiful Aberdour? Aberdour has gorgeous beaches and is a short train ride from Edinburgh. When there visit The Woodside, an exclusive-use hotel, which means your group has the hotel and all its facilities all to yourself!

It’s on the Fife Coastal Path, right across from Aberdour golf club and, because of this, the hotel has outstanding golf deals with Aberdour and Burntisland golf courses.

Full details on its website

Hawkswood Country Estate

Hawkswood Country Estate

As soon as guests arrive at Hawkswood Country Estate, they know they are somewhere special from the great care and attention to detail by the owners in the design of such lovely properties.

The Estate is made up of three properties all sleeping up to 10 persons in five en-suite bedrooms – Hawkswood House, The Roundel and Bowhill House.

Set in the picturesque hamlet of Peat Inn, just a few miles from St Andrews, these superb 5-star properties combine the charm of the original farm buildings with modern style, sophistication and impeccable standards of service.

For keen golfers, Hawkswood Country Estate is the ultimate private location, with two private short game practice areas, a private 270-yard driving range and easy access to dozens of fine courses. But whilst golf is bound to be the main attraction, Hawkswood Country Estate has plenty to offer for romantic breaks, longer holidays, and groups of friends and family looking for a relaxing country escape.

All three properties offer guests the chance to unwind in their own private Hydro Spa. It offers 43 state-of-the-art jets that relieve-tension in targeted areas including your back, neck, shoulders and calves.

Enjoy dining al fresco with its impressive Mediterranean barbecue and outdoor patio areas. Hawkswood Country Estate can also be taken exclusively for one party where we can offer 15 bedrooms and accommodate up to 30 guests.

For more on Hawkswood, visit:

Leonard Brown and The Salutation Hotel Dance Weekend

Leonard Brown and The Salutation Hotel Dance Weekend

The Salutation Hotel is hosting a dance weekend in June.

The organiser is Leonard Brown, a multi-award winning accordionist and entertainer from the North East of England. Over the last 10 years since winning The All Scotland Accordion Championship in 2012, in Perth, he has successfully ran concerts, theatre shows and dance weekends in Scotland with his All Star Band and many top Scottish musicians and variety performers.

The Salutation Hotel which is located right in the heart of the City of Perth, is one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected hotels. It houses 84 en-suite bedrooms and has a fantastic ballroom which caters for up-to 300 people.

The weekend starts on Friday 3rd June when you check in at 4 o’clock. A full three-course evening meal is served at 6.30pm for 7pm and then it’s the opening night of dancing at 8.30pm to midnight. A mixture of Old Tyme, Ceilidh and Scottish Country Dances from James Coutts and his Band from Fife.

After a well cooked breakfast and a morning’s leisure it’s an afternoon dance with Steven Carcary and Malcolm Ross from Perth and Arbroath. Dinner is then served once again at 6.30pm for 7pm and then you get ready for the ceilidh night with The Tay Ceilidh five-piece Band from Dundee. On the final day is Sunday and Leonard and his All Star Band will be performing a concert from 2pm to 5pm. This is your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the music after an energetic weekend of music, dancing and laughter.

A perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the east coast of Scotland. Dundee, Arbroath, St Andrews, Montrose and Perth itself all being in close proximity of each other.

If you haven’t been before, don’t worry, Leonard is available to answer any questions you might have. A perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the east coast of Scotland.

Click here to book the tickets to this event.

The Coastal Communities Museum

Visit Scotland has dedicated 2022 to the celebration of stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland.

Visit Scotland has dedicated 2022 to the celebration of stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland.

Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every community has a different tale to tell. The Coastal Communities Museum is supporting this theme along with many other exciting exhibits in the 2022 Exhibition.

Explore the history of our community and take a journey through the museum where each exhibit presents a piece of the unique story of our local heritage. From the origins of the landscape to the mysterious masked preacher, plus the impressive original light from the Bass Rock lighthouse.

The Coastal Communities Museum is run entirely by volunteers and your support by donation is greatly appreciated.

Find out more about the museum here.


Edinburgh’s Famous Fossil Shop

Mr Wood's Fossils logo

Fossil hunter Stan Wood opened this shop in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in 1987.

It has since established an international reputation for quality fossils and minerals from around the world.

The stock at Edinburgh’s famous Mr Wood’s Fossils is hand-picked whenever possible to make sure we always have a large range of great value and high quality fossils for sale.

It’s perfect for giving someone a unique gift, especially if they’re a history fan, with fossils, minerals and meteorites available to buy.

Other potential gift options include eye-catching jewellery made from the likes of amber, ammonite spirals and slices of meteorite.

Why not pay them a visit ?

Find out more about what’s on offer at Mr Wood’s Fossils.