Longniddry (Scots: Langniddry, Scottish Gaelic: Nuadh-Treabh Fada)[1] is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, with a population of 2,613 (2001 census). The Scottish Women's Rural Institute was founded here in 1917.


Links Road, Longniddry
Location within Scotland
OS grid referenceNT442761
 Edinburgh11.5 mi (18.5 km)
 London329 mi (529 km)
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEH32
Dialling code01875
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament


Longniddry is primarily a dormitory village for commuters, with good transport links by road and rail (Longniddry railway station is on the North Berwick Line) to the capital. The village has a number of local, community based resources including local shops and Longniddry Community Centre, which also houses the library. Near to the library is the Scout Hall used by the Longniddry Scout Group.[2] The golf course hosted the Carling-Caledonian Tournament in 1961. Like many coastal towns in East Lothian, Longniddry has a sandy beach beside the golf course.[3] This stretch of local coastline is lined with dunes and known as Longniddry Bents.


The 18th century Gosford House, which is the seat of the Earl of Wemyss and March, stands on the eastern edge of the village.

In 1917 the first meeting of the Scottish Women's Rural Institute took place in Longniddry organised by Catherine Hogg Blair. 37 women became members.[4]

In 2006, Longniddry and the neighbouring towns of Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton were twinned with the town of Barga, Tuscany, Italy.[5]

Notable people

  • John Knox, main figure in the Scottish Reformation and disciple of John Calvin was tutor to the sons of the Douglas family who lived at the west side of the village.
  • Hugh MacDiarmid, the Scottish poet, lived in Longniddry for a short while.[6]
  • James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan lived in Longniddry from August 1964 with his mother and new stepfather William Carmichael before moving to London.
  • Mollie Hunter, winner of the 1974 Carnegie Medal for outstanding books for children.

See also


  1. List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland Archived 2013-01-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. controlcentre. "Longniddry Scout Group". www.eastlothian.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. golf web site
  4. "HistoryShelf.org :: Learning SHELF". www.historyshelf.org. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. Prestonpans: Battles of the '45
  6. Gish, Nancy (1984). Hugh MacDiarmid: The Man and His Work. Macmillan. p. 25. ISBN 9781349056194.
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