On Foot
Trail: Aberlady (0)
Contributor: markroberts Activity Type: Trail Running Difficulty: Average Distance: 13.184 mi (21.217 km)
Description: This stunning coastal route starts with a beautiful wooden footbridge, leading into a tunnel of sea-buckthorn bushes, across heathland through many East Lothian golf courses before it reaches the dunes. Heading up your first dune you are treated to stunning views of the coastline before you drop down onto the beach itself. If you happen to be there at low tide this route takes you on a slight detour to the left to view the two submarine wrecks of an XT-Craft, just be mindful the tides can change quickly. From the submarines head back to the East along the beach, choosing various paths either in the grassy dune trails or sticking directly on the beach, as long as you keep the water to your left you are heading in the right direction! There's plenty of fun to be had along with the way with dunes to climb and rocks to clamber over. As you reach Yellowcraigs beach you will see the lighthouse on Fidra Island which is home to a substantial seabird population. From here the path leads inland to the Yellowcraigs play park and into the small village of Direlton. Enjoy a rest stop at Direlton Gallery or play the tourist card and visit Direlton Castle before taking on the last 5/6 miles along the John Muir Way, heading back to your starting point. As you come to Gullane village, you will see Falko Konditorei & kaffeehaus (great coffee & cake) on the right hand side of the road before you turn off into the greens of Gullane Golf Club on your left. You pass the edges of the golf course along a stone wall and keep an eye out to see the ruins of Saltcoats Castle over to your left. The path eventually emerges onto the busy A198 - cross carefully & follow the footpath back to the start point.
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