East Lothian (called Siorrachd Lodainn an Ear in Scottish Gaelic) has a border with the City of Edinburgh, a coastline on the North Sea and its county town is Haddington. The counties largest town is Musselburgh, birth place of the influential Scottish sculptor Alexander Carrick who during the early decades of the 20th century created many monumental sculptures, including architectural works and war memorials and also taught at the Edinburgh College of Art. The picturesque towns and villages of East Lothian attract residents who commute to work in the nearby Scottish capital. Tourists come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, historic buildings, sandy beaches and play golf on the famous golf courses. Aberlady Bay became in 1952 the first Local Nature Reserve in the United Kingdom and visitors can see wrecks from the 19th and early 20th century, though to be safe people should take account of the low and high tides which can change quickly.
Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum recalls the history of the Industrial Revolution in Scotland, with the remains of local industries. They include a 17th century glass works, potteries from the 18th and 19th century, coal mines and brick works from the 19th and 20th century and railway rolling stock. Events such as theatre performances are also held in the grounds of the museum. Located on the River Tyne, Preston Mill is a watermill dating from the 18th century and today it is a popular subject for painters and photographers. The mill was in use until the 1950s and visitors can go on tours to see the still working machinery, with a wheel that continues to be driven by the water of the river. Lennoxlove House is near to Haddington and has been shaped over the centuries by Scottish history. Today it is the seat of the Duke of Hamilton and the house has an art collection which includes paintings by artists such as Canaletto and Sir Henry Raeburn, jewellery which was once the property of Mary Queen of Scots, as well as porcelain and furniture, including the Duchess of Lennox Cabinet.