Musselburgh is a town in Scotland on the Firth of Forth, situated about 55 miles from Glasgow and 6 miles from Edinburgh. The town is served by two railway stations, Musselburgh to the west of the town and Wallyford to the east of town. There’s nothing remarkable about the town itself and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. It was pleasant walk along the high street, I’ve certainly walked along much worse, that’s for sure.
There looked to be a few cafes and eateries which looked tempting enough. I tried Café On The Corner for coffee and cake and left there quite pleased with my discovery.
If in town for any longer than to go racing and looking for some culture or nightlife the city of Edinburgh is only a few miles away and that has loads, it’s an amazing city.
Musselburgh is a right-handed, oval course with tight turns and a finishing straight of 4f. Races of 5f are run on a straight course. There are eight fences on each circuit, four each on the back straight and home straight. Musselburgh drains exceptionally well and it is rare for there to be testing ground.
The course stages both Flat and NH racing.
The Clerk Of The Course is currently Harriet Graham.
The telephone number of the course is 01316 652859.
The course is very easy to drive to (Postcode – EH21 7RG) being six miles east of Edinburgh, not far off the A1. The course entrance isn’t far off the High Street. Parking is a bit further away but it’s free and there is a courtesy minibus which ferries you too and from the turnstile.
Disabled parking is provided and even includes golf buggies with special wheelchair access and which can ferry you to the disabled entrance.
There are bus services from Edinburgh which will drop you on the High Street and then it’s just a short walk to the course.
The nearest of the two stations is Wallyford and I understand there is a courtesy bus service to the course from the nearby Park And Ride.
Absolutely no shortage of places to have a drink and something to eat at Musselburgh and what’s on offer is of a very decent quality indeed. On a beautiful day, as was today, it’s nice to sit outside and things are well set up for that.
Racecourse viewing was very good and plenty of space perhaps helped by being a midweek meeting.
I just love this place, I really loved it and my day was further enhanced by yet more beautiful weather. Another proper Scottish welcome.
My culinary feature of the day was S Luca Ice Cream from Edinburgh who had an ice cream van there. It was stunning and very reasonably priced. I was driving today so absolutely no alcohol but I saw some mouth watering pints on display.