From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

The more I see of East Lothian, the more I love it. Sitting adjacent to historic Edinburgh, this sprawling region of countryside, castles and coastline really is a gem — and makes ideal day-trip fodder for us when we need to escape the city! This weekend (after a bit of research and map reading viaContinue reading “From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian”

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

As I write, looking out the window of our flat towards Arthur’s Seat, here or there a pioneering tree shouts its last of the season in yellow ochre. The dormant volcano’s rump is going from green to purple, the outcome of that colour wash the inevitable dull brown of deep winter. I wonder how manyContinue reading “Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian”

Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

The sea holds something special for me. Growing up a stone’s throw from the River Clyde and holidaying on Highland shores meant that the tide and its creatures were backdrops to my childhood. Since moving to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in my mid-twenties, the sea — although close — has seemed just out my reach… UntilContinue reading “Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock”

Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick

Since the start of May, the weather on Scotland’s east coast has been stunning. Even if the days have dawned with the greyness of sea mist, by lunchtime it’s burnt off and the sky is a marvellous blue. We’ve been getting out as much as possible to enjoy it (because you never know how longContinue reading “Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick”

Exploring East Lothian: Autumn at Aberlady

It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now,Continue reading “Exploring East Lothian: Autumn at Aberlady”

Exploring East Lothian: Tantallon Castle

Standing on the edge of East Lothian — with golden fields to your back, the Bass Rock ahead of you, and slim Fife on the horizon — you can almost imagine that this landscape has barely changed in centuries. Aside from the new roads and oil rigs floating out at sea, there’s one part of this rockyContinue reading “Exploring East Lothian: Tantallon Castle”

Exploring East Lothian: Inveresk Lodge Garden

Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. (Am I the only one who still adores post?) I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites which — for a travel addict — felt rather like Christmas! Since then, BContinue reading “Exploring East Lothian: Inveresk Lodge Garden”