Mackenzie bunks is easily found on the banks of the River Forth overlooking the stunning sea view across to the Kingdom of Fife. Our location is unique - there are not many other holiday location quite like it; the centre of Edinburgh's famous Princes Street is only a short bus ride away so leave the car at Mackenzie bunks and have a car free day to explore Edinburgh, there is no free parking in the centre of the city. Many of the places of interest in Edinburgh are within a walking distance of each other and the bus service LRT( Lothian regional transport ) is very good.
The local area; Mackenzie Bunks is located on the boundary of Edinburgh and Musselburgh in East Lothian. With this unique location on the beach, you have a short walk to the harbour where there is a very clean and fun, children's, sandy play area next to a convenient ice cream van which sells hot food and other goodies. A little bit further on you will find a street with at least 15 carry out food shops including a chip shop and a popular, award winning, local bar called the volunteer arms which sells several guest real Ales and malts. Alternatively walk in the opposite direction and take a nice walk into Edinburgh's sea side town of Portobello where there is a safe promenade for children to walk freely onto the beach. There are several restaurants, cafes, and amusement arcades along the way. Just behind Mackenzie Bunks there is Newhailes estate which makes a fun walk especially for the dog. Newhailes has a large old Manor house which can be visited with a guide and there is a café for the end of the tour. There are several golf courses nearby including the Royal Musselburgh golf course. With an estuary in front of our house, the view is filled with various birds, which makes the location very popular with bird watchers. And for the artist... it is simply paradise with the dramatic colour, texture and light, now that paints a vivid picture of Scotland, just BRAW !.
And Scotland on the door step; Musselburgh is in the East central area of Scotland and is just under an hours drive to Glasgow M8 Stirling M9 and St Andrews, cross the Forth road bridge on the A90, its about 56 miles away. In our near by area we have several historical castles to visit even before exploring further a field up North to Glencoe, just under 3 hours drive away, and Loch Ness a little bit further North, both reached within a days tour in the Scottish, long summer days. Mackenzie bunks are planning tours for you to see more of Scotlands beauty and sense the passion which has been fuelled by a long history of battles and influential people like William Wallace.... FREEEEDOM !!
Getting to us by Car; We have plenty free parking even for mobile homes and motorcycles in our spacious drive. If you are travelling from England, from the A1 , A 199 , A 68 , A702 , look for signs for Edinburgh City bypass and look for signs for Musselburgh A720. Once in Musselburgh you will quickly find the race course and the ancient golf course, but you want to be at the other end of Musselburgh towards Edinburgh and head for Fisherrow harbour where upon driving past our local shell fuel station on Edinburgh Road, A199, take the second turning off to the right. You will have missed the turn off if you pass a big orange store house called Bookers on the right.
Coming from Edinburgh; Look for signs towards Musselburgh by driving towards the A1 and using the A6095 or A199 from Portobello or Milton Road East, drive for a very short time in Edinburgh Road, take the first on the left after the big orange building and follow the quiet beach road for a few metres where you will see Mackenzie bunks where you will see a wall mural I painted of Bonny Prince Charlie and his Army of Highlanders going to fight in the battle of Prestonpans in 1745, which is near by along with castles of Mary Queen of Scots in East Lothian. There is free parking and vehicles can be parked in the driveway of Mackenzie Bunks.
Getting to us by Bus; If you land at Edinburgh Airport get the airport bus ( about £3.50 ) into Edinburgh and leave at the final destination by Waverley Train station. Then walk a few metres to Princes street outside Debenhams store and either get the number 26 or 44 bus ( £1.50, or if you need the bus again that day get a DAY SAVER £3.50 ) travel east towards Musselburgh and after 15 - 20 minutes get off at the EDINBURGH ROAD bus stop. So nearly there, once you are off the bus just walk towards the road leading to the beach and follow it for 1 minute when you will see our home, its the one with a painting of Bonny Prince Charlie and his Army on the Wall, and perhaps Mickey, are beloved, very friendly family pet will be there to greet you.