Coastal Trail

Choose this route for - cliffs, beaches, wildlife spotting and historical attractions!

Length: 37 miles

Locations: Bilsdean / Dunbar / Tyninghame / Whitekirk / North Berwick / Dirleton / Gullane / Aberlady / Longniddry / Prestonpans / Musselburgh

Millions of years, you would have today's landscape in the making.  Molten rock erupted and left the remains of two volcanoes - North Berwick Law and the Bass Rock.

Today's scenery is more peaceful - until herring gulls screech overhead!  But they're only some of the thousand of seabirds that make this coastline special.  The Scottish Seabird Centre tells of gannets and fulmars, puffins and kittiwakes and many more.

Along the coast, where harbours are full of pleasure craft, working fishing boats still land their catches.  But the days of exporting coal from Port Seton and importing Edinburgh horse dung at Aberlady are long since gone.

So are the times of turmoil when Tantallon Castle defended the Firth of Forth, Dunbar Castle defied siege and Dirleton fell to marauding troops.  Mansions like Gosford House tell a less violent story while ancient churches - like Whitekirk - have seen it all go by.

Nowadays, the seashores draw families to the coastal towns of Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar.  The many sandy 'links' attract golfers hoping for a perfect round and racegoers hoping for a successful wager at Musselburgh.