|Location Map ( geo)|
|Other Important Destinations|
|Dunbar • Haddington|
|Current Highway Authorities|
|East Lothian Council|
|Berwickshire • Midlothian|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
East Lothian is also known as Haddingtonshire after its county town. It is a traditional county on the eastern fringe of the central belt of Scotland, to the east of Edinburgh. The county is mostly served by East Lothian Council.
Geography & Economy
The county has a long, rugged coastline with sandy bays interspersed with dramatic cliffs, occasionally topped by ruinous castles. Towns and villages, many of which are old fishing ports, line the coast every so often, but the only substantial inland settlement is the county town of Haddington. To the south, the county is hillier with forestry and upland moors taking over from the more fertile farmland near the coast.
The presence of Edinburgh just a few miles to the west of the county has long influenced East Lothians economy, and many of the towns now serve as commuter belt to the capital. Tourism is important to the county, which is marketed as Scotland's Golf Coast, but has many other attractions from the picturesque old harbours to the walking country in the south.
The most important route in the county is the east-west A1 heading into Edinburgh, but there is also a good network of A and B roads serving the coastal towns, with B roads heading south into the hills. The road network is, as may be expected, denser closer to the capital, but the population is also more concentrated at the western end of the county.
The A1 has seen a lot of upgrades over the last couple of decades, improving a lot of the route to dual carriageway. However, it is not completed and whilst plans exist to dual the remainder of the route to Newcastle upon Tyne, they are not complete and little progress seems likely in the near future. Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by East Lothian Council. The trunk roads, which are the A1 and A68 are managed by Transport Scotland.
|A198||Tyninghame||Tranent Bypass||22.7 miles||View|
|A199||Leith||Thistly Cross||26.2 miles||View|
|B1343||Haddington(N)||East Fortune(W)||4.0 miles||View|
|B1346||Dunbar Road||Dirleton Avenue||1.0 mile||View|
|B1347||Haddington(E)||North Berwick||7.1 miles||View|
|B1349||Doocot Place||High Street||0.5 miles||View|
|B1377||Longniddry||East Linton By Pass||11.3 miles||View|
|B1407||Tyninghame||East Linton||2.2 miles||View|
|B6363||Longniddry||New Town||4.6 miles||View|
|B6367||Middleton Mains||Oxenfoord Mains||7.0 miles||View|
|B6370||Gifford||Thistly Cross||9.3 miles||View|
|B6471||Oaktree Junction||Haddington||1.3 miles||View|
|C148||Westgate||Quality Street||0.6 miles||View|
|C156||Edinburgh Road||Elphinstone Road||0.05 miles||View|
|Coastal Trail||Little Pinkerton||Musselburgh||31 miles||View|
|Hillfoots Trail||South Belton||Levenhall Links||27 miles||View|
|Saltire Trail||Beltonford Roundabout||Levenhall Links||27 miles||View|
|76||Berwick upon Tweed||Stirling and Kirkcaldy||View|