East Lothian boasts connections to many Great Scots from Mary Queen of Scots to John Muir, from the Saltire to Whisky: this tour focuses on heritage, architecture, whisky and the environment.
Those interested in history, architecture, whisky and the environment.
Born in Dunbar in 1838, John Muir emigrated with his parents to the USA where he became famous as an environmentalist, geologist, botanist and is world renowned as the father of America’s national parks. Find out more about this remarkable man in the house where he was born.
While you are in Dunbar, take the time to have a walk in John Muir Country Park or along a section of the John Muir Way and enjoy the magnificent coastline and wildlife.
Mary Queen of Scots is the most famous of all Scottish Monarchs. Born in 1542, her short life is a story of love, betrayal and murder. East Lothian has many connections with Mary.
Mary was abducted and taken to Dunbar Castle where she was forced to marry Lord Bothwell in 1567. You can see the castle’s impressive ruins at the harbour in Dunbar.
A short trip along the coast brings you to Tantallon Castle. Mary stayed here in 1566. This formidable stronghold has magnificent views to the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock.
Further inland is Lennoxlove House. This 14th century house was home of William Maitland, Mary’s Secretary of State. Mary stayed here and its collection includes items belonging to Mary as well as her death mask.
Our route to Lennoxlove takes us past Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire, Scotland’s National Flag. Visit the Flag Heritage Centre, Saltire Memorial and watch a dramatisation of the battle of 832AD.
A much-needed dram is on offer at the home of the last Great Scot on our tour! The 5 star, Glenkinchie Distillery is famous for ‘The Edinburgh Malt’. Here you can see a working distillery, exhibition of whisky and of course taste Scotland’s national drink.
John Muir’s Birthplace, Tantallon Castle, The Flag Heritage Centre, Lennoxlove House and Glenkinchie Distillery.
One to two days
Easy/Moderate. No wheelchair access to Tantallon Castle, grounds accessible.
You can select where you want to go from the suggestions above or choose to visit them all. Advance booking is recommended; please contact each attraction direct to book and for the best available group offers.
Contact Jo Moulin. Telephone 01368 865899/861951.
Contact Ian Milne. Telephone 01620 892727
Contact Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Telephone 01620 828614.
Contact David Williamson. Telephone 01368 863239.
Contact Robbie Girvan, Telephone 01875 342004.