Beyond Prestonpans with its battle site and rich industrial heritage the route runs past the site where Cockenzie Power Station used to stand.
It then heads off east to Seton Sands and lovely long beach views. Circumnavigating Kilspindie and Craigielaw golf courses, you'll arrive at the picturesque village of Aberlady. The bay is famed for its skeins of roosting Pink-footed Geese in winter, along with mixed flocks of plovers and waders. Be sure to stop at Dirleton Castle with its tranquil wooded grounds before heading north to Yellowcraig Beach and North Berwick’s well-serviced seaside town.
The going on this section is fairly easy on a variety of good surfaces: gravel, grass and tarmac, sandy paths through dunes, pavements and quiet roads, and you're never far from the sea and those wide open vistas. Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Port Seton, Longniddry, Gullane, Dirleton and North Berwick all provide toilets for members of the public.
By bus: this section of the route is served by the X5 bus route between Edinburgh and North Berwick.
By car: there is a free car park at Prestonpans train station. There is parking (pay and display) in the centre of North Berwick and for free at the foot of North Berwick Law.
Points of interest
Scottish Seabird Centre
Discover the birds that make their home along East Lothian’s coastline, with boat trips out to visit the Bass Rock and the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets - voted BBC Countryfile Nature Reserve of the Year. There is also a great café making this an unmissable pit-stop on your journey!Visit Website
Coastal Communities Museum
John Muir spent his childhood in the seaside town of Dunbar. Learn about the customs and livelihoods of the people who would have lived beside Muir in Dunbar and other East Lothian seaside villages.Visit Website
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