Haddington

The market town of Haddington is set amongst agricultural country, 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.

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.
  • Lennoxlove House is a stately home belonging to the Duke of Hamilton featuring an excellent art collection and paintings from Van Dyke, Raeburn, Lely and Kneller as well as important artefacts from Mary Queen of Scots, Charles II and Napoleon.
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Gifford

The pretty village of Gifford is located at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills 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 heading into 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...

  • Take a walk to visit the ancient ruins of Yester Castle located not far from the village.  The castle was built during the 13th century, it's most famous feature is the Goblin Ha' built by Sir Hugo de Giffard who was known as 'The Wizard of Yester'.  
  • Have lunch at either the Goblin ‘Ha or Tweeddale Arms Hotel.


Humbie

The rural village of Humbie has a small community, with only a few hundred people and 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.   A favoured stop off for cyclists.
  • Humbie Parish Church, built in the 18th century, and later adapted to echo the gothic style.
  • Haide Castle, a 14th century fortification, is within walking distance and is open to the public.


Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford is a small village and birthplace of The Saltire, Scotland's National Flag.  The village gets its name from the legendary battle between Saxon king Athelstane and Pictish King Hungus in the 9th century.  It began as a model village in the late 18th century, thriving on agriculture and weaving.

What to see and do...

  • Just behind the Parish Church is the Flag Heritage Centre, a restored dovecot that houses a short audio-visual dramatisation of the 9th century battle and how The Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross came to be Scotland's national flag and the oldest flag in Europe & the Commonwealth.
  • Not far from Athelstaneford is the National Museum of Flight where you can discover a world-class collection of aircraft including and home to Scotland's Concorde.


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