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East Lothian

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East Lothian
Location Map ( geo)
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Other Important Destinations
Dunbar • Haddington
Current Highway Authorities
East Lothian Council
Berwickshire • Midlothian
Transport Scotland Roads
A1, A68
This article is about the County.
For the Highway Authority, see East Lothian Council

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 B1348 on the coast at Port Seton

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 former A1 at Gladsmuir

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.

Route From To Length


A1 London Edinburgh 396 miles View
A198 Tyninghame Tranent Bypass 22.7 miles View
A199 Leith Thistly Cross 26.2 miles View
A1087 Beltonford Broxburn 4.5 miles View
A6093 Fordel Haddington 10.6 miles View
A6137 Aberlady Haddington 5.0 miles View   
B1343 Haddington(N) East Fortune(W) 4.0 miles View
B1345 Drem Dirleton 3.6 miles View
B1345 Broxburn Beltonford 3.8 miles View
B1346 Dunbar Road Dirleton Avenue 1.0 mile View
B1347 Haddington(E) North Berwick 7.1 miles View
B1348 Musselburgh Longniddry 5.9 miles View
B1349 Doocot Place High Street 0.5 miles View
B1361 Wallyford Tranent(N) 2.7 miles View
B1377 Longniddry East Linton By Pass 11.3 miles View
B1407 Tyninghame East Linton 2.2 miles View
B1408 Gladsmuir Longniddry 1.8 miles View
B6355 Tranent Eyemouth 42.0 miles View
B6363 Longniddry New Town 4.6 miles View
B6367 Middleton Mains Oxenfoord Mains 7.0 miles View
B6368 Haddington Crookston 17.3 miles View
B6369 Gifford Haddington 4.1 miles View
B6370 Gifford Thistly Cross 9.3 miles View
B6371 Cockenzie Humbie 10.7 miles View
B6414 Dalkeith Tranent 5.8 miles View
B6457 Fala Humbie 1.3 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
T1 London Scrabster View
T86 Newcastle Edinburgh View


Primary Route
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Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in East Lothian

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Main Article: Crossings in East Lothian

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