|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||A199, B6454, A6094, B6414, A6106, A68|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6124 runs through east Midlothian between Musselburgh and Fordel, a small settlement on the A68 three miles due east of Dalkeith. The road is about five miles long from end to end, passing through undulating terrain, which in places shows the scars of the coal mining which used to be a staple industry in this area.
The road was originally numbered B6372 but gained its present number around 1930. Except for the junction at the southern end it is unchanged since then.
Musselburgh - Fordel
At the Musselburgh end it leaves the A199 High Street just east of the main bridge over the River Esk and only a few feet away from that road's junction with the A6095. Soon after a 90-degree turn to the left at traffic lights, a TOTSO with an unclassified road, there is another TOTSO at traffic lights, this time to the right, where the B6454 to Levenhall continues straight on. Passing the Grammar School on the right, the road winds its way through the conservation village of Inveresk, home to many affluent people from Edinburgh's moneyed occupations. On the edge of the built-up area the A6124 passes over the ECML as it swings round the south of Musselburgh, then shortly goes over the A1 Expressway without a junction. It soon reaches the A6094 between Whitecraig and Wallyford at a roundabout.
The road now climbs past the grounds of the historic mansion of Carberry Tower to the left, and in a mile or so comes to a strange staggered crossing of the B6414 Dalkeith–Tranent road. The junction is controlled by traffic lights at a redundant bridge over the track bed of a disused railway, the common section of the two roads being the bridge itself. Shortly we pass through a wooded valley and cross into the Midlothian Council area, and in another mile the A6124 reaches a T-junction near Fordel Mains. This is part of the GSJ providing access to the A68 (turn left to head south, right to head north). However, this is the point where the A68 Dalkeith northern bypass starts; the road's previous route through the town is now the A6106, which also starts at these slip roads.
Original Author(s): Ian198