Ducks Inn, Aberlady – Edinburgh – 3 Star

The historic village of Aberlady is in the heart of the East Lothian countryside but only fourteen miles drive by car or an eighteen-minute train ride (from Longniddry train station) to the heart of Edinburgh.

Explore East Lothian

Aberlady is an ideal base for exploring all that East Lothian has to offer; beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, historic buildings and birdwatching.

Aberlady itself is home to the Aberlady Bay Bird Sanctuary and the Scottish Ornithological Centre.

East Fortune Air Museum housing Concorde, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Myreton Motor Museum, Dirleton and Tantallon Castles are all within easy reach.

Summer boat trips can be taken from North Berwick to The Bass Rock or the Isle of May.  The historic towns of Dirleton, Dunbar and North Berwick are ready to be visited for shopping and beaches!

If you are a golfer then Aberlady is the perfect place in Scotland – or indeed the world – in which to find yourself!!  We are at the centre of Scotland’s Golf Coast – the real home of golf!

Our coast is dripping with Links courses… There are nineteen courses within fifteen minutes’ drives of Ducks Inn; ten have hosted championships and five have been qualifiers for The Open at Muirfield.

Archerfield Golf Course and The Renaissance Club are less than ten minutes from us.  The historic courses of St Andrews are also only a scenic ninety minutes away by car.

Ducks has been synonymous with fine dining since its early days in the centre of Edinburgh. The restaurant in Aberlady now offers similar delights and matching standards.

For those looking to experience a great dining experience with a room attached Ducks is the perfect choice!

Accommodations :

  • Built in 1638, the Ducks Inn offers 23 rooms and  are a mix of twins and doubles all with showers and most with baths too, just what you need after a long day on the golf course, coastal walk, bird watching or after a boat trip to the Isle of May or the Bass Rock.

    You can look forward to sleeping in our four poster bed, have your kids next door in bunks in the family room or choose from our twin or double rooms.

    Malcolm and Fiona bought the property in 2004 and have been upgrading it ever since; a continual job.  No chrome here!  The building, originally called Kilspindie House is full of art and traditional antique furniture.

    Our strong WIFI and easy car park make Ducks Inn an excellent place to hold work meetings and conferences.

 Dining :

John Paul McLachlan has worked in Michelin star restaurants with Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Martin Wishart, as well as having his own signature restaurant at with the MacDonald Hotel Group. He’s now a partner and the Head Chef at Ducks.

Ducks has been synonymous with fine dining since its early days in the centre of Edinburgh. The restaurant in Aberlady now offers similar delights and matching standards.

For those looking to experience a great dining experience with a room attached Ducks is the perfect choice!

Two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence
The Bar at Ducks Inn is an East Lothian favourite packed with memorabilia collected by Malcolm over the years.   

It’s a traditional Scottish pub serving Real Ales, a great collection of Malt Whiskies, a good selection of wines or cocktails and Cuban cigars from the five foot high humidor.

Alin makes a mean G&T in his gold fish bowls!  We even have our world renowned North Berwick Gin on our door step (tours available).  Alin balances the gin, fruit, tonic and ice to produce a very satisfying and refreshing drink.  We use Fever Tree and Schweppes tonic.

Though most of the food is served in the restaurant we have a great selection of John Paul’s Tapas and it is possible to eat your Port Seton fish and chips, Gosford Bothy burger or John Gilmour 35 day aged steak in the bar or watching the golf or rugby on Sky in the TV area. 

Voted runner up in the Lothian Real Ale Quality Awards the Bar at Ducks Inn a hidden gem.  The Real Ale is very well kept and you’ll always find something different on the taps, the local Knops from Archerfield is regularly represented.

Ducks Inn is a Partner Bar with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) and, together with their selection, has just under one hundred whiskies on the shelf.  We are happy to do whisky tastings and organise visits to Glenkinchie our local distillery just 12 miles away.

The bar interior is not modern but it oozes memories. There are bar stools, cosy corners, brass coat hooks and the legendary putting games.

You wouldn’t believe who we have had standing on the bar stool trying to make the Putting Duck; Ryder Cup Captains, rugby and British Lion legends, baseball Hall Of Famers, Captains of industry… many with their names memorialised on the wall!

Golf :

If you are a golfer then Aberlady is the perfect place in Scotland – or indeed the world – in which to find yourself!!  We are at the centre of Scotland’s Golf Coast – the real home of golf!

Our coast is dripping with Links courses… There are nineteen courses within fifteen minutes’ drives of Ducks Inn; ten have hosted championships and five have been qualifiers for The Open at Muirfield.

Archerfield Golf Course and The Renaissance Club are less than ten minutes from us.  The historic courses of St Andrews are also only a scenic ninety minutes away by car.

The Ducks Inn is close to all the great links courses in East Lothian area, all a short drive away. Play the great courses such as Gullane # 1 , # 2, # 3 , Muirfield , North Berwick , Royal Musselburgh, Kilspindie, Craigielaw, Dunbar , to name a few.