About Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse is a racecourse located in Musselburgh, East Lothian. It’s around 6 miles east of Edinburgh and is the city’s main racecourse in the area. As a result, Musselburgh Racecourse is one of Scotland’s busiest racecourses, rivalled only by Ayr Racecourse. It hosts around 70,000 fans in its venue every year.

 It has a rich history too first opening in 1816! What makes Musselburgh Racecourse so special in our eyes though is the track. Or should we say what’s inside the track! In the middle of the course is a nine-hole golf course! Interestingly enough, the golf course was founded before the horse racing track was! It dates back as far as 1672!

 As you may expect then, Musselburgh Racecourse is one of the larger racecourses around. It has a distance of around two miles and is long and circular in shape. Given its proximity to the coast, Musselburgh Racecourse is one of the harsher racecourses in the UK. Jockeys are often left to the mercy of the weather, which often produces strong winds.

Notable Races

Musselburgh Racecourse has a handful of notable races worth paying attention to every season. In June every year, they host the William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup. This is a Class 2 five-furlong sprint with a purse of £100k!

 Their biggest race day probably takes place during their June meeting. This is where you’ll find the Edinburgh Cup race day! The Edinburgh Cup is a Class 3 handicap which runs over 1 mile four furlongs.

 However, regardless of which day you turn up, there’s always something exciting happening. Musselburgh Racecourse offers Ladies day once a year. They have full family entertainment, including picnic areas, children play areas and family dining areas. Moreover, they have everything from fine dining restaurants to side of the road burger vans!


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