Around Athelstaneford

East Lothian | Athelstaneford | Museums | ★★★★

[Comet outside the military aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight]

Peaceful Athelstaneford is famous for the first sighting of the Saltire in 832 AD: the doocot housing an unexpectedly high-tech audio-visual exhibition is just as humble as the village itself. On the way to East Linton and at the other end of the size scale is Scotland's national aviation centre at East Fortune airfield. The airfield used to be a major military airport and even served as Edinburgh's main airport for a short period in the 1960s. Four large hangers and several smaller buildings contain dozens of aircraft including the star of the show: the Concorde in Hangar 4. Don't miss the countless smaller exhibits, including the interactive Fantastic Flight gallery, explaining the fundamentals of getting objects into the air.

[Concorde fills Hangar 4 at the National Museum of Flight, too large to fit into a single photo]

Location & info

📌 National Flag Heritage Centre ★★
💬 Former 16th century doocot housing an audio-visual dramatisation of the local battle in which the Saltire first appeared.
Behind Athelstaneford Parish Church, B1343, west side of Athelstaneford, G.R.: NT 533774 ///jousting.woven.flaked
Open daily, April to October | Free

📌 National Museum of Flight ★★★★
💬 Scotland's national aviation museum, and one of the UK's biggest, spread out over a former military airfield.
Off the B1347 4 mi northwest of East Linton, G.R.: NT 553783 ///forwarded.radar.shelters
Open daily, late March to October; weekends, November to late March (2019) | £12.50 adult / £7.50 child

[Vulcan - most of the museum is indoors, but there's lots to see outside too]


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