East Lothian offers a great variety of landscapes for walking, with the Lammermuir Hills to the south, a coast of beaches and cliffs and an expanse of arable farmland in between. Many of the paths go to, or pass vantage points offering views of the surrounding rolling landscape. Amongst the features are many hidden gems - river valleys, woodland, secret bays and historic sites. It is now possible to walk the length of the East Lothian coast, The John Muir Way is almost 73km from Edinburgh to the Borders, leaflets are avaiable below with the route broken down into shorter sections, with opportunities to link into other paths and circular walks along the coast.
A number of walks leaflets have been produced by East Lothian Council and other community groups, highlighting walks along the coast and around towns and villages.
The John Muir Way
Further information about these walks can be found on East Lothian Councilís web site, under Countryside, or by phoning East Lothian Councilís Access Officers on 01620 827671 or 827419.
Other interesting walks in East Lothian can be found here
East Lothian Council has produced a new Access and Core Paths Booklet. The booklet includes maps and extensive information about access to the countryside and local paths throughout the county. Click here for more information. Copies of the booklet are available from all East Lothian Libraries at a cost of £5.
Are you looking for aways to burn off a few calories? How about walking from Haddington to East Linton along the River Tyne Path? In fact, if you are feeling really energetic, you can continue all the way to the mouth of the river at John Muir Country Park and then on to Dunbar!
The new path runs from the charming 16th century Abbey Bridge to the 13th century Hailes Castle along sections of the river bank that were previously impenetrable. This is a natural grass and earth path to help it blend in with the surrounding environment. It passes various mills and weirs and takes you to tranquil parts of the river away from the hustle and bustle of traffic.
Starting in Haddington, cross the Victoria Bridge and then follow the path beyond the cemetery to cross the Tyne again on the footbridge to Riverside Drive. Turn right and then just follow the river downstream! At Abbey Bridge climb the stile, under the bridge, cross over the sheep field and the rest of the path should be obvious. You pass by Sandy's Mill and Hailes Hill from where you get a great view of Hailes Castle.
From here the existing path takes you to East Linton, two miles further downstream. The total distance from Haddington to East Linton is six miles. It is a further seven miles to Dunbar from East Linton.
We have already received reports of people seeing otters, kingfishers and goosanders and depending on the time of year, there is also a great variety of wild flowers and butterflies along the route.
Some sections of the path can become muddy after wet weather, so we recommend walking boots and suitable clothing.
Our thanks go to the landowners on this route as well as the project funders, without whom this project could not have gone ahead. The project was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Tyne-Esk Leader 2007-13 Programme.
At East Linton there is a pub, cafe, coffee shop and various shops to stock up on calories again! If you continue on to Dunbar there is a great variety of places to eat.
Both Perryman's and First Bus have services running between Haddington, East Linton and Dunbar.