Gullane, the largest village in the Community Council area, has a population of around 4,000. It is a thriving village that is proud to have several community amenities, including a primary school, village hall, tennis club, bowling club, post office, shops, day centre and GP practice, to name a few. A new medical centre is under construction.
Gullane is internationally famous for golf and has several top quality courses. 2013 is a particularly important year for Gullane in the international golf calendar as Muirfield, on the eastern fringe of the village, hosts the Open Championship for the sixteenth time in the event’s 142 year history.
The Gullane Bents are the village’s award-winning beach, backed by large sand dunes. Gullane is on the John Muir Way, a long distance footpath along the coast between Musselburgh and Dunglass. Both the beaches and local walks attract locals and visitors alike, to enjoy the beauty of Gullane and the surrounding area.
There has been a church in the village since the 9th century. The Old Church of St. Andrew, built in the 12th century, lies at the western entrance to the village and is at present the subject of a restoration project. It was abandoned in the 17th century after a series of sandstorms made it unusable and the church at Dirleton took its place as the parish church.
The village is bounded to the north by the Firth of Forth whilst to the south is a rural hinterland which is part of the Community Council Gullane ward.