Saltire Trail

Choose this route for - history, heritage & culture!

Length: 31 miles

Locations: Bilsdean / Dunbar / East Linton / Haddington / Tranent / Musselburgh

East Lothian witnessed the passage of much of Scotland's history.  But while friend and foe have journeyed by, generations of people have worked the land in this, the 'breadbasket for Scotland'.  Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot are attractive reminders of agriculture before its revolutions.

The rich soil brought prosperity and many landowners built fine new homes - or extended older fortified houses such as Lennoxlove.  The elegant buildings in the 'capital' of Haddington are testimony to a town whose corn market in times past was one of the busiest in Scotland.

East Lothian's climate is dry and sunny but, before the battle of Athelstaneford in the 9th century, a pattern of clouds make history.  They formed a St. Andrew's cross and gave Scotland it's Saltire flag.

The latest piece of history along the Trail is the arrival of a Concorde at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, an airfield that saw the huge R34 airship take off for the USA in 1919 and is now home to a fascinating collection of flying machines.