Musselburgh Racecourse Guide

Guide to Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse News from Eclipse

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About Musselburgh Racecourse

Flat / National Hunt

Beach racing

The first race meetings were held on the sands at nearby Leith, but in 1816 they moved to Musselburgh, previously called Edinburgh Racecourse.

Saved from Closure

Now the second biggest racecourse in Scotland, Musselburgh was only saved from closure in 1991 by East Lothian Council who managed to turn its fortunes around and invest in new facilities.

All-Weather Racing

In 2012 an all-weather strip was added to the track to stop the bends getting chopped up.

Links to Chester Racecourse

In 2020 it signed an agreement for Chester Race Company (also responsible for Chester and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses) to take over the management and operation of Musselburgh Racecourse for an initial 10-year period.

Important Races/Festivals

  • New Year’s Day – Hogmaneigh Hurdle; Scottish Premier Chase.
  • February – Edinburgh National; Scottish County Hurdle
  • Easter Saturday – Queen’s Cup
  • June – Edinburgh Castle Stakes; Scottish Sprint Cup


  • Road: The course is off the Tranent Junction of the A1 and the Edinburgh City By-Pass.
  • Rail: The nearest train station is Wallyford on the Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick line.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 0131 665 2859.

The Musselburgh Racecourse Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Musselburgh Races? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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