Featured Locale: Port Seton, Scotland

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About Port Seton

This small port town has more names than is decent for one place to have. Since it started as a series of fishing villages, the boundary lines became blurred over time. You can say “East Lothian,” “Port Seton,” or “Cockenzie” when telling your friends where you’re vacationing. Port Seton is great for rest and relaxation because of it’s low-key, quiet atmosphere, but a car will come in handy for attractions.

Seton Collegiate Church

Visit one of the best-preserved medieval churches in the country. The stonework is all original, as are the vaulted chancel and apse, dating back to the early 15th century. Of particular interest is that the priests’ domestic quarters that are still intact and part of the tour. Remember that they close for inclement weather. Call beforehand to make sure they are still open, even if it’s just sprinkling. Admittance is $4 for adults, $2 for children. Check out their website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/.

Glenkinchie Distillery

One can’t visit the home of Scotch without visiting a Scotch whiskey distillery. The great thing about Port Seton is that it’s nearby the Glenkinchie Distillery which is one of the oldest lowland Scotch whiskey makers in the country, dating back to 1825. It’s also very near the city of Edinburgh where tourists can easily engage in some European nightlife after the Scotch tour. The tour begins with an exhibition of the original “Malting Floors” which house the old-fashioned distillery. Then visitors are shown the production process, followed by a tasting. Admittance is $10 for adults. For a few dollars more the company will send a shuttle to pick you up. Check out the website for details: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/glenkinchie/.

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