|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||North Berwick (NT553853)|
|Distance:||7.1 miles (11.4 km)|
|Meets:||A199, B1377, B1343, A198, B1346|
|Old route now:||B1343|
|Route outline (key)|
Seven miles long and on a generally north-south alignment, the B1347 is wholly in East Lothian and largely rural. The only built-up area is the last half-mile or so at the northern end within the seaside town of North Berwick. With regular climbs and falls there are often extensive views, and the only thing detracting from the road's driving quality is the number of right-angled bends. There are eight of these, at six of which a side road joins, so that some manoeuvres must be carried out almost blind and thus with great caution.
Haddington - North Berwick
The B1347 starts on the A199 (former A1) a couple of miles east of Haddington. A gentle climb to the ridge of the Garleton Hills brings the first sight of (North) Berwick Law, the volcanic plug to the south of the town which is a conspicuous landmark from far afield. After falling again we pass close to the village of Athelstaneford, accessed via two unclassified roads to the left, the first of which was the original line of the B1347.
Soon on the right is the entrance to the Scottish National Museum of Flight at East Fortune. The airfield here played a part in World Wars I and II. As well as its site accommodating the museum, the surviving runways provide for a flying club, a large Sunday market and occasional motorbike racing. After a roundabout giving access to the main runway, a T junction is reached with the B1377, which has priority. To the right it heads for East Linton, but we turn left and it multiplexes with us for half a mile.
First comes a 90-degree bend to the right, where the B1343 heads back to Athelstaneford (and the B1347 rejoins its original route), then there is a straight stretch passing under the ECML, immediately after which the B1377 ends its multiplex and TOTSOs to the left parallel to the railway to Drem. Soon the road starts to climb again and after several more right-angled bends reaches a local summit at the tiny village of Kingston, which has the worst of the blind junctions. North Berwick is now only two miles away, and is reached after more bends and passing to the west of the eponymous Law.
After a rare level stretch past school playing fields and buildings, Law Road (as the B1347 has now become) falls steeply the rest of the way. First comes a light-controlled crossroads with the A198 which skirts the town centre to the south, then another few hundred yards brings us to an end at a T junction with the B1346, North Berwick High Street at this point. The junction is something of a technicality, as bollards have been erected to prevent vehicular access between the two roads; traffic is forced right onto Kirk Ports to meet the B1346 at the southern end of Quality Street.
Original Author(s): Ian198