To the east of Edinburgh is East Lothian. Perhaps best known for its links golf courses, this is also a region with a huge amount to offer the walker. The coastline is perhaps its greatest attraction, with mile upon mile of glorious sandy beaches, dunes and nature reserves. The largely low-lying landscape is dotted by a number of individual, small but steep volcanic hills, such as North Berwick Law and Traprain Law, they are superb viewpoints. Further inland are the more extensive, rolling moorlands of the Lammermuirs.
Perhaps the most attractive aspect of East Lothian is its towns and villages. Gullane, East Linton and Dirleton are all worth a visit. Amongst the towns North Berwick has the Scottish Seabird Centre, many fine buildings and art galleries, whilst Dunbar boasts the childhood home of John Muir, the father of conservation. The capital - Haddington - is also a gem.
|Traprain Law, near Haddington||3.2km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Haddington and the River Tyne||3.5km||1 hour|
|Pressmennan Wood, near Stenton||4.5km||1.5 hours|
|Ravensheugh Sands||5.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Hailes Castle from East Linton||5.5km||1.5 hours|
|Dunbar cliff top trail, Dunbar||5.75km||1.5 hours|
|Belhaven Bay, near Dunbar||6km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Athelstaneford and the Garleton Hills, Athelstaneford||6.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Musselburgh and the Firth||6.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Yellowcraig Beach circuit, from Dirleton||7.85km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Aberlady Bay and Gullane Point||9km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Gullane Bay & Hanging Rocks Caves||9.75km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|River Tyne: Haddington to East Linton||10.25km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|John Muir Link: Dunbar to Cockburnspath||16.5km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|North Berwick Law, North Berwick||6.75km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Gamelshiel Castle and Spartleton Hill||7km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Meikle Says Law||10km||3 - 4 hours|
|Priestlaw Hill circular from Whiteadder Reservoir||11km||3 - 4 hours|
|Lammer Law and Hopes Reservoir||14.5km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Herring Road and Clints Dod, near Stenton||19km||5.5 hours|
|The John Muir Way||212km||10 stages|
David Lintern pays tribute to one of East Lothian's most magical places.
"Last month on the 21st April, the John Muir Way opened. The same day is also the anniversary of John Muir's birthday. I thought I'd mark the occasion in hindsight by mentioning a place that isn't on the Way, but is close by – the new long distance trail passes within 1km of it. It’s also very close to my heart..."