The market town of Haddington is set amongst agricultural country in East Lothian, situated snugly under the Garleton Hills on the banks of the River Tyne.

Agriculture has long been the basis for Haddington’s prosperity. Today people still enjoy taking part in the Haddington Farmers Market, which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. The town has a good mixture of shops including many independent retailers, cafes and restaurants. St Mary's Church, which dates from the 14th century, is one of the three great pre-reformation churches in the Lothian’s and the largest parish church in Scotland. Nearby is Traprain Law, the site of an old Iron Age Fort and Hailes castle located on the banks of the river Tyne now managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

What to see and do

  • Take a stroll along the riverbank and visit St Mary’s Church, open for weekend tours throughout the summer. 
  • Visit the John Gray Centre, centrally located in Haddington it houses a library, archives, museum and local history centre as well as tourist information.
  • Relax in St Mary’s Pleasance, a beautiful private garden adjacent to Haddington House which dates from 1648. Open all year round.
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The pretty village of Gifford is located at the foot of the Lammermuirs a few miles south of Haddington. With picturesque houses, church and town square the village is an ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon before perhaps walking in the Lammermuirs. At weekends watch the numbers of cyclists riding through as they continue on up to Redstone Rig and beyond!

What to see and do


The rural village of Humbie is situated under the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian. It’s a small community, with only a few hundred people, only a few miles from Edinburgh, formerly part of the Barony of Keith, with several old and storied buildings related to his history.

What to see and do

  • Visit the Humbie Hub, a great place to stop for a bite to eat whilst relaxing and admiring the fabulous views. Favoured stop off for cyclists.


Athelstaneford is a small village three miles north-east of Haddington in East Lothian. Athelstaneford gets its name from the legendary battle between Saxon King Athelstane and Pictish King Hungus in the 9th century.

What to see and do

  • Just behind the parish church is a beautifully restored dovecot, The Flag Heritage Centre, housing a short audio-visual dramatisation of the 9th century battle. The dovecot is well worth a visit and the audio visual is very atmospheric.
  • Not far from Athelstaneford is the National Museum of Flight, home to Concorde.

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