Things to do in Cockenzie and Port Seton
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About Cockenzie and Port Seton, Activities & Things To Do
Cockenzie and Port Seton is a small, unified town located in East Lothian, Scotland; the town centres on the burgh of Cockenzie which was constituted by James VI of Scotland in 1591 and Port Seton harbour which was constructed by George Seton sometime in the decade between 1655 and 1665.
The population of the town is very small, having grown from 4493 in 2001 to a whopping 5460 now; having started out as two very tiny fishing towns, the town is a very traditional, old-fashioned type of village.
With direct routes to and from Edinburgh, Prestonpans and Mussleburgh, traveling by bus to and from the village is relatively quick and easy; the closest airport is located in Prestonpans.
When to Go
Summer is easily the best time to head to Cockenzie and Port Seton; the town is famous for its caravan campsite and holiday park as well as the promenade, which makes for an amazing walk along the coast; the town also boasts an Ancient Monument which is in maintained and preserved by Historic Scotland.
From the nearby Meadowmill Sports Centre which hosts a variety of sports from outdoor hockey to rugby and football, there are a number of sporting activities to take part in; the town also has some of the best golf in Scotland at the Longniddry Golf Course.
There are also a number of museums that are open to the public, from the Musselburgh Museum to the Prestongrange Museum, which is located on the site of a former colliery; there are also many beautiful historic sites, from the Seton Collegiate Church which is renowned for its gorgeous preservation, and Invernesk Lodge Garden which consists of a fine Edwardian conservatory.
Another famous site nearby is the field where the famous Battle of Prestonpans took place during the Jacobite uprising of 1745; history was made in this battle when the waggonway that runs near the field was used to transport soldiers to the battlefield, which made the first time the railway was ever used to facilitate the winning of a battle.
While Cockenzie and Port Seton was once a thriving fishing port, these days the industry has dwindled somewhat and while it is still part of the community, it is to a much lesser extent than it once was; the area is without a doubt a quaint little site that boasts a rich history, from Seton Palace which was once frequented by Mary, Queen of Scots to the gorgeous coastline, this beautiful little community is a wonderful holiday spot.