Walk: Aberlady & Gullane - birdies on the Golf Coast

East Lothian | Aberlady | Half day walk | ★★★

[Aberlady Bay]

The villages of Aberlady and Gullane must be proud of their local beaches; beautiful outlooks over the Edinburgh skyline and Fife are the backdrops to 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. Birdwatchers are also frequent visitors: Aberlady Bay is Britain's oldest local nature reserve. 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]

📌 Walk: Aberlady & Gullane - birdies on the Golf Coast ★★★
Start / finish at car park on A198 1 mi east of Aberlady, G.R.: NT 471805 ///struck.ooze.readily

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 80 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Aberlady Bay; Gullane Bay; Gullane; Saltcoats Castle
Terrain: Sandy paths, tracks and bays to Gullane, with track and pavement for return.

On our visit

Wildlife: Birds and bumblebees along the coastal section.
Weather: Warm and often sunny.

Route & map

Car park - Aberlady Bay - Marl Loch - Gullane Point - Gullane Bay west end - Gullane - Saltcoats Castle - start via John Muir Way & A198


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Also on this walk

📌 Aberlady Bay ★★★
Off the A198 1 mi north of Aberlady, G.R.: NT 457810 ///perky.darling.sprouted

📌 Gullane Sands ★★★
Off Marine Terrace, half a mile northwest of Gullane village centre, G.R.: NT 476832 ///cheesy.talkers.baths

>> Saltcoats Castle ★★

[Gullane Bay]

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