Exposing East Lothian
East Lothian is a scenic county in Scotland that borders the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, and Midlothian. It has many progressive towns, the largest of which is Musselburgh and the capital, Haddington.
In 1996, the county of East Lothian became a unitary council area in Scotland, along with thirty-one other counties, under the 1994 Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act. The council is responsible for most local government activities in the area it covers.
As other counties in the United Kingdom, East Lothian is a feast to be devoured not only by the eyes but all the senses. There are sights to see and things to do for everyone. There are a variety of tourist attractions that range from the historical to the scientific to the breathtaking – and everything is just amazing.
One of the places worth a visit is Aberlady Bay, the United Kingdom’s firt Local Nature Reserve. It is part of a footpath, called the John Muir Way, that stretches from Fisherrow to Dunglass and of the transnational North Sea Trail, which connects seven countries and twenty-six areas. The bay houses Waterson House, which offers a spectacular view of the natural beauty and is the official headquarters of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club.
Also part of the John Muir Way is Yellowcraigs, which is composed of forest, beach, and grassland. This nature reserve includes a woodland adventure park, a barbecue area, and updated information displays.
Next, head off to Lennoxlove House, a historic house built in the 14th century and served as home to the Maitland family. Known for centuries as the Lethington, the house is situated on a lovely wooded estate south of Haddington, East Lothian’s administrative capital. A number of significant collections of a wide array of things – from portraits to furniture, from porcelain artifacts to silver jewelry boxes, from Mary Queen of Scots’ death mask to Rudolf Hess’ map and compass – can be found in the Lennoxlove House.
After getting a dose of history, brush up on your science by paying a visit to the National Museum in Flight, one of the National Museums of Scotland, located at the south of the village of East Fortune. It is an aerospace museum founded in 1975 and home to historic aircrafts and modern airplanes. Some of the things you can find here include an Avro Vulcan V-bomber used in the Falklands War, a Dan-Air De Havilland Comet 4c airliner, an Alpha Alpha – one of British Airways’ Concorde fleet and the centerpiece of the museum’s Concorde Experience exhibition, and an impressive example of the Blue Streak IRBM, which was the basis for the first European space launcher. The museum holds an annual air show and a daily aircraft show, which includes, among others, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, at the airfield.
After that, enjoy fresh air at the countryside on the Bass Rock, an island outside of the Firth of Forth, more or less a mile off North Berwick. The Bass Rock, which is over one hundred metres high, contains volcanic plugs of phonolite that was traced back from the Carboniferous period. Its neighbors are mostly steep cliffs and rocks. Unwind and appreciate East Lothian.