Walk: Birdies for everyone on the golf coast
The villages of Aberlady and Gullane must be proud of their local beaches: beautiful outlooks over the Edinburgh skyline and Fife beyond huge expanses of golden sand at low tide. This region is often known as Lothian's golf coast, but you don't have to play to enjoy the area. Extensive greens are joined by low cliffs, craggy outcrops and rock pools in dividing the two bays, loyally followed by the coast path leading to prosperous Gullane. Bird-watchers are also frequent visitors, with Aberlady Bay the oldest local nature reserve in Britain. The John Muir Way long-distance footpath provides the inland return, passing close to Saltcoats Castle against the stark backdrop of Berwick Law.
|[Saltcoats Castle from the John Muir Way]|
Name: Walk: Birdies for everyone on the golf coast ★★★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 80 metres
Points of interest: Aberlady Bay; Gullane Bay; Gullane; Saltcoats Castle
Start / finish: Car park on A198 a mile east of Aberlady, G.R.: NT 471805 / struck ooze readily
Route: Car park - Marl Loch - Gullane Sands - Gullane Point - Gullane Bay west end - Gullane - Saltcoats Castle - start via John Muir Way & A198
Terrain: Sandy paths, tracks and bays to Gullane, with track and pavement for return.
Wildlife today: Birds and bumblebees along the coastal section.
Weather today: Warm and often sunny.
>> see separate post for Saltcoats Castle ★★☆☆☆
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)