Aberlady East Lothian Scotland

Aberlady East Lothian is a small village on the east coast of Scotland with a bay and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1952 being the first to receive the status in Britain. The headquarters of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club is situated in Aberlady and is named after George Waterston, a founder of the club which has a library that has over 3000 books on birds the largest ornithological library in Scotland. In the bay at low tide remnants of a mini submarine can be seen stuck there since the second world war.

Aberlady also has two golf courses Kilspindie where there is an old ruin of Kilspindie Castle and a newer course Craigielaw Golf Club which has great views of the Firth of Forth and Fife.

The most prominent house at Aberlady is Gosford House on the Gosford Estate owned by the Earls of Wemyss and March, who resides here on his 5,000 acre estate. The house was design by Robert Adam and was completed in 1800. The House is available for private or corporate functions and weddings.

Activities range from:The Gosford Games is an interactive Highland Games event including demonstrations and participation with guests divided into teams vying to become Highland Games champions – Events range from throwing the Caber, Throwing the Wheat-sheaf, Highland Dancing to the Tug of War.   Also available Clay Pigeon shooting, Archery, Cricket skills and drills plus mini matches, Whisky tasting, Falconry, displays and handling, Horse riding for beginners to advanced and Guided nature walks. Aberlady has high quality restaurants and accommodation. Aberlady was known as Port of Haddington circa 1635 and was also the main passenger ferry for pilgrims to the isles Iona and Lindisfarne in the 7th century. Aberlady Parish Church has historic records dating back to circa 1450. 1452 a watch Tower was built then later the church was added and further addition were made 1509. Outside the church can be seen a loupin’ on stane which was step to  assist the mounting and dismounting of a horse or coach.

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