Issue 104 - Summer

East Lothian Life

Issue 104 - Summer 2018

What makes summers in East Lothian so special? The lush, green landscapes, beautiful coastline and long light-filled days for starters. In the height of summer East Lothian’s vibrant landscapes and breath-taking coastline are perfect for outdoor adventures or simply soaking up the views.

East Lothian is a county that repays close inspection, so the best way to get to know it is on foot. There are amazing views, hidden courtyards, secret gardens and stunning architectural details to be found almost everywhere you look. Make an ordinary day extra-ordinary and feel inspired, energised and enthused. There are so many ways to fill your days ‒ get active in the gorgeous outdoors or visit the towns and discover their individual charm and pop in to some of the small independent shops. Or why not hire a classic campervan as Geoffrey Williams recommends and explore the heart of the county.

East Lothian has a range of great summer experiences ‒ a variety of festivals, Highland Games, exhibitions and historic battlegrounds! Just take a look at our ever-growing content.

We don't like to boast, but when it comes to places, East Lothian has some mighty fine options. We wouldn't be surprised if you wanted to embrace them all!

Enjoy East Lothian Life, because like our county, it will contain something of interest to you. Just look at the great variety of fascinating content, stunning photographs and articles all covering faces, places, pastimes and pursuits, which make up this wonderful county of ours.

'Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.' – Bob Marley

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Front cover: Ox-eye daisy is very common in East Lothian during the summer months, especially alongside the road verges.

Photography: Laurie Campbell Photography.


06 East Lothian Homes
10 Winton Castle
16 East Lothian Property
20 East Lothian's horticultural villages
22 East Lothian's horticultural heritage
31 Kirkbridge – an old Drovers bridge
40 Figuratively speaking
68 Port of Prestonpans – A vision
42 Famous Faces of Haddington
45 The last Hepburns of Smeaton
53 Launching the Lighthouse
59 Lower impact living
60 Farming East Lothian
63 Farming Opportunities for New Entrants
74 News & Views & Book Reviews
80 John Playfair, a one-time Special Stage Rally Driver
32 The Backlands part 2
37 Play Chess
38 East Lothian Railways of the past – Tranent to Cockenzie Waggonway
41 Play Bridge
48 Fringe by the Sea
54 Cooking is fun…
57 Wine Cellars
66 The Box Meeting of Cockenzie and Port Seton
69 Battle of Prestonpans 1745
12 Summer Interiors
14 East Lothian Antiques
25 Gardening – Outdoor Living Space
26 Plants that changed our lives
28 Muddy Boots66 – Ormiston to Fountainhall and back
34 East Lothian Biodiversity – Do bees like butter?
44 Money Matters with Shane Presley
50 Art Matters – ceramic artist Pascale Rentsch
52 Art Matters – Reconnecting art and nature on your doorstep
72 Musselburgh the cradle of golf
78 Travel & Explore – In search of Eirik the Red. Part II
82 East Lothian Life Motoring
76 East Lothian Life Classified