There is a lovely old poster produced to publicise the sale by auction (roup) of over 1000 animals – the stock in hand on the farms of Snawdon and Brookside in 1813. Passing the Doocot & through the farm you’ll come to the Dunbar – East Linton road, so of course turn right here. Sue Jardine and Elaine Peach are among those aiming to lift the Health Walk Volunteer of the Year prize at the 2020 Paths for All Volunteer Awards this week. Passing the hall to its left & a playpark to your right brings you to a wee playing field, at the far right hand corner of which is the entrance to the path & the return mission. I was there on a Thursday, which sees the weekly 2 hour visit of the post office whith every emenity availbale as you would in the high street. We have now reached the penultimaate ‘block’ of our walk, where one should meander to the naturally raised viewpoint where you may absorb the total panorama for a few more moments of joy! Back on our walk, once reclaiming terra firma, carry straight on, passing the bowling club on your left. You will eventually come toa path through the woods which leads to an open are of greenerie with the golf course on one’s right. Walk through the field until you come to a gate in the wall by a white bench (beyond the gate), through which is some pleasant woodland. As the lake bgins to curve left, instead continue in the same direction  like a sattelite sling-shot, & follow the long straight path to the sea. Instead, lets look at the information from scratch & see where we end up. Mary Queen of Scots was known to be playing golf in the area of Longniddry in 1567 – ‘over the fields of Seton’ – shortly after the murder of Darnley and was admonished accordingly! By the early tenth century, an area known as The Plains of Fortrenn / Wertermorum’ was being mentioned. Energetic boys from Gifford, &c., on a holiday have often gone up in gangs to the hills and scattered the snow, declaring it was a terrible thing to see snow lying on the hills in the warm month of June. Braid & Ray shot 70 & 67 against the 71 & 73 of Taylor & Mitchell to win the match. The other camp to the north, and nearer Brookside, is similar, but much smaller. Had pass’d down ages since the times Whilst the main English assault was targeted against Thornton Castle, on the other side of the ravine, a detachment of Hakbutters were sent to besiege Innerwick. On the evening of which a meeting was held inthe School of those favourable of the construction of a Bowling Green for theparish. From Belhaven there is a good 5.5 mile walk to the restored Preston Mill in East Linton. Nothing remains of the aerodrome. Green and Orange markers show the number of walks in a specific area. So get yourself to Levenhall village, on the eastern edge of Musselburgh, & for the aspiring gentlemen one of the best places in East Lothian to live. In recent years Fortriu has been placed by the Moray Forth on account of an erroneous interpretation of the available sources. The counterpart of such a state of life in the hills and mountains of Scotland at that time may at this day, perhaps, be found, but on a much more extensive scale, in the mountainous country and savage tribes of Afghanistan or Zululand. Fidra’s name is believed to be Old Norse in origin, after feathers, but I’ve come up with an alternate idea. A mixed husbandry was practised by a band of East Lothian’s upland farms along the east-west line of the Lammermuir foothills. A tron was a public weigh post and beam, used for the bulk measurement of, in Stenton’s case, the wool clip and hides sold at the market. Its time, now, to head towards the signpost pointing the John Muir Way in both directions. Many of the paths go to, or pass vantage points offering views of the surrounding rolling landscape. New Winton possesses a charm that is not relative to its size. Musselburgh was one of the three courses which staged The Open Championship in rotation in the 1870s and 1880s, alongside Prestwick and the Old Course at St Andrews. One can really feel the burgeoning century’s love-affair with new music in his notes, all of which are most serendipitous to hear. The chairman & others having also spoken approvingly of the movement, the following Committee were appointed. Alas, who shall defend oor right? The farms had probably been worked in tandem, with Brookside deeper into the Lammermuir Hills being used for pasturage. The sheep and lambs, fond of basking and lying under the banks of the rings, which they have in many places rubbed bare, point out the fact of the artificial formation of these mounds or rings, which have been originally formed of rounded stones and gravel. 32 pages – 21 walks Including Haddington, North Berwick & Dunbar, this guide covers the county of East Lothian, which lies to the east of Edinburgh. The coastline is perhaps the greatest attraction, with mile upon mile of glorious sandy … In the middle, wearing a bow-tie is Stuart Forsyth, proprietor of retailers RW Forsyth which had prestigious stores in Edinburgh & Glasgow. Edinburgh . Indeed I am, & I’ve found a cool one to start. Alas, who shall restrain oor pain? Oor haggard-eyed, blind minstrel stood After stocking up on butties, crisps & pop, or whatever, its time to head off out along the walk. Sir, did you ever takeThe views from Deuchrie Dod,& in that moment makeA pact with Man & God,To wander to & fro,Record all seen & felt,Until thy senses slow,When mental trances melt. These sharpshooters picked off the garrison as they attempted to defend the site, burnt the castle gate and stormed in. In the Second World War the beach was obstructed by vertical wooden poles to prevent German aeroplanes from landing. Indeed, one could fall in love on evenings like these. At the end of this verdant belt you reach a path. Upcoming events (5) See all. I know this sonnet has nothing to do with East Lothian, but the size & shape of our county is actually very similar to that of the Maltese archipelago, something I’ve often thought during my ramblings around East Lothian. First things first, Fortriu means river of the Fort, clearly the River Forth which starts out in the western belt of Scotland, meanders by Stirling & empties into the North Sea via the Firth of Forth. Formed at a very early date in the history of the country as places of defence or habitation. This is a cool spot, by the way, with the old waterwheel still visible. The walk now carries on up into the hills behind Brookside, following the very brook on which side the  farmhouse is built. As you proceed along it, you should be praising the seaflats to the left & the lovely swan-filled lake beside Meadowhead caravan park on the right. At the eastern edge of the village there’s a signposted road leading to Yellowcraig, which of course you should take. There are two paths breaking into the woods, & its better to take the one about two thirds of the way along the woodline. Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards Runner Up. With it being midwinter, the day had already turned 13.30 & having just arrived from Malta I was suddenly surprised by how low the sun was in the sky. 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