East Lothian | Town | ★★

[Houses by the River Tyne at Haddington]

Haddington is the capital of East Lothian and an affluent market town, many times suffering from the attentions of marauding English armies and later a staging post on the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh. The town celebrated its 700th anniversary of being granted Royal Burgh status in 2018; pride of place is the mercat cross is symbolic of this, topped by a cute little goat. This forms the centrepiece to an attractive High Street full of colourful houses, places to eat and a generous smattering of independent shops... though the proud locals might be reluctant to admit that some of the facades are a little tatty. The museum in the same building as the town library shows off the region's history; this is farming country, with fishing villages and seaside resorts not far away to the north on Lothian's "golf coast". Haddington is also home to both Scotland's longest parish church (St Mary's) and one of its earliest (St Martin's). Walking to the latter involves crossing the 16th century Nungate Bride over the River Tyne: an idyllic spot worth lingering at. Finally, the 15th century mansion of Lennoxlove House is only a mile to the south and offers an interesting tour.

[High Street]

Location & info

📌 Haddington ★★
East Lothian, G.R.: NT 517739 ///hung.voted.zoom

🚶 Haddington itself is easily small enough to discover on foot. Lennoxlove House is a 1 mi walk away, partly along roadside verges.
🚌 There are several bus routes, most usefully from Edinburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> John Gray Centre Museum ★★
>> St Martin's Kirk
>> St Mary's Church (Haddington) ★★★
>> Walk: Haddington to East Linton - frolick along the Tyne ★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Lennoxlove House ★★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Around Athelstaneford page: National Flag Heritage Centre ★★ (2 mi ↑)
>> Hopetoun Monument ★★★ (2 mi ↑)
>> Chesters Hill Fort (3 mi ↑)

[Town House]

[John Gray Centre Museum]

[High Street (21/10/17)]

[Mercat Cross]

[Mercat Cross (21/10/17)]

[Nungate Bridge (21/10/17)]

[Junction of Hardgate and High Street]


[Market stalls during the 700th anniversary celebrations]

[Fountain outside the Corn Exchange]

[River Tyne]

[River Tyne]

[St Mary's Church (21/10/17)]

[St Martin's Kirk (21/10/17)]

[Lennoxlove House (19/10/14)]


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