If you're planning to visit East Lothian over the coming months then you should download a new app launched a new tool to help visitors and residents enjoy its stunning coastline and avoid overcrowding and queues.

Described as “innovative, intuitive and practical”, the free Visit East Lothian App uses sensor data captured live from 11 of East Lothian Council’s coastal car parks, allowing users to check the how busy these areas are before setting out or while travelling to the destination.

East Lothian has some of the most scenic and visited beaches in Scotland and these can become very busy, especially in summer.

The app has a traffic light system to help people avoid busy hotspots. Users simply search for their preferred parking location – green means quiet, amber means getting busy and red means very busy. It makes it easy to check other locations nearby and find a quieter spot.

In addition, it acts as a handy guide to East Lothian allowing users can search for places to eat and drink, things to see and do, as well as towns and villages to visit. Visitors planning a longer trip can search from a wide variety of accommodation in the area.

The Visit East Lothian App is available on android handsets from the Google Play Store and for Apple handsets from the Apple App Store.

It links to the new Visit East Lothian website which has also recently been launched.