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Things you should know about!

All this and archaeology too!

EAST LOTHIAN’S Archaeology and Heritage Fortnight overlaps with the Walking Festival this year, running from September 2nd to 17th.

Which is lucky, because we have been able to organise walks that are shared between the two.

First, Catching the Past bring to life the history of Prestonpans – and later, our costumed guide, Dr Arran Johnston, will help you to imagine the sound and fury of the Battle of Dunbar.

Find out more about Archaeology and Heritage Fortnight events, including a talk by Dr Johnston at Spott kirk, through the John Gray Centre website

Dr Arran Johnston in costume

If you need off-road wheels ...

SOMETIMES you might want to go somewhere your wheels won’t take you – so perhaps the answer is a more appropriate set of wheels.

Beach Wheelchairs can help. You will find them at Portobello, Seton Sands and North Berwick, and you can get in touch with them through their website at

They have a variety of all-terrain and beach-ready wheelchairs for hire, but you will need to book in advance.

All-terrain wheelchair

Find your way with Go Jauntly

A community-led walks app for your smartphone, Go Jauntly offers an easy way to follow walks through step-by-step directions with photos.

Walks are contributed by users and a partnership with East Lothian Council –look for ‘East Lothian on the Move’ –  means that there are lots of walks from our county, including many of the ‘self-guided’ walks from our Walks page.

See the website at and you can download the app from the Apple app store or Google Play.

A walk on the Go Jauntly app

Six walks for Remembering Together

A project jointly led in East Lothian by artists Barbara Gardner-Rowell and Sophie Ferguson aims to map six community walking trails this summer – and they would appreciate your help and your recommendations.

Remembering Together is a national initiative by Greenspace Scotland and the Scottish Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project in East Lothian, shaped by talking to the community, will map a series of walking trails across the region that reflect the daily walking practice that people adopted in lockdown, when we were restricted to walking for one hour and within a five-mile radius of home.

You can find out more by visiting the Remembering Together East Lothian website or by coming along for the team’s walk at Spott on Sunday September 3rd at 10.30 am.


Many thanks to our partners, who make the walks happen.

Ageing Well East Lothian organises a fantastic programme of Health Walks for walkers of all ages and abilities.

Catching The Past are specialists in recreating local history and are running a Prestonpans history walk.

Facebook – Catching The Past

Changes is a community project aimed at helping local people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. They created the Ponder Wander.

East Lothian Countryside Rangers have arranged a fabulous guided walk from Dunbar to East Linton.

East Lothian Council – Rangers

East Lothian Council library service has partnered with us for an amazing storytelling walk at North Berwick

East Lothian Council – libraries

East Lothian Ramblers have kindly agreed to lead two of our longer walks and a photography-themed walk.

East Lothian Ramblers

Fantoosh Sketching is offering two varieties of its wonderfully creative  ‘sketch and wander’ walks

The Forth to Farne Way is celebrated in a walk that begins in Whitekirk

Forth to Farne Way – website of the British Pilgrimage Trust

Hiddentoun Nordic Walking is offering taster sessions both in Haddington and at the Big Fit event in Musselburgh.

QMU Wellness Walks are a regular thing at Queen Margaret University’s campus in Musselburgh.

Wellness Walks, QMU website

RNIB Scotland is our partner for a super-friendly Welcome Walk.

RNIB Scotland

Scottish Battlefields Trust is offering an exciting Battle of Dunbar history walk.

Team Nature is one of three partners on our all-ability walk at Butterdean.

The Conservation Volunteers are also partners on our Butterdean walk.

Venturing Out CIC are kindly giving their time to lead two more of our longer walks.

Woodland Trust Scotland is the other partner for our Butterdean walk.