THREE FAM­ILY WALKS IN EAST LOTH­IAN

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Dir­leton, Yel­lowcraig and Gul­lane

Leav­ing Dir­leton’s cas­tle, and a good pub named af­ter it, you wan­der across farm­land to one of Scot­land’s best beaches – Yel­lowcraig. Go­ing left (west) you then walk along a quiet stretch of coast with lit­tle bays on one side and then the world-fa­mous Muir­field golf course on the other be­fore reach­ing Gul­lane’s beau­ti­ful sweep­ing bay. You could stop by The Old Club­house in town.

East Lin­ton, Hailes Cas­tle and Traprain Law

Tucked away in the cen­tre of East Loth­ian, the quiet streets of East Lin­ton lead to the me­an­der­ing River Tyne and on to the ru­ins of the 13th cen­tury Hailes Cas­tle. Be­yond is Traprain Law – once the stomp­ing ground of King Loth, from whom the county name orig­i­nates. Re­turn­ing to East Lin­ton, The Crown & Kitchen is a good place to rest up.

Dun­bar and Bel­haven Bay

The red cliffs of Dun­bar lead you out of the town and on to the huge sandy beach of Bel­haven Bay, which you ac­cess via a bridge over the Biel Water (un­less the tide has cut it off.) Build sand­cas­tles, watch horses be­ing ex­er­cised on the sands or keep walk­ing to a coun­try park named in hon­our of the town’s favourite son, John Muir. On the way The Rocks makes a great spot to re­lax.

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