Issue 107 - Spring

East Lothian Life

Issue 107, spring 2019

Celebrating 30 years of publication.

Spring is a great time to explore East Lothian and soak up the picturesque sights around you. Wild flowers have started to produce flashes of colour, the new season’s grass is growing in every corner of the countryside, the grey winter skies are vanishing and the days lengthening. The blue of the sea brightens our varied coastline and the sweet smell of blossom fills the air – what’s not to love?

East Lothian has incredible sights to see, events to get involved in, fascinating attractions to visit and theme festivals to enjoy all year round. We are a friendly and innovative county and you will see that everywhere you go. So, if you are looking for the beat of a musical concert, the adrenaline of an outdoor adventure, the experience of a breathtaking cycle ride or sampling our delicious local cuisine, East Lothian has it all. When it comes to things to do in East Lothian, you’re really only limited by your imagination and East Lothian Life captures it all!

During the 30 years (yes, 30 years!) I have been producing East Lothian Life, East Lothian and its people have continually amazed, impressed and delighted me. I love listening and talking with readers of East Lothian Life, discovering new things each day and learning how each generation has added their own cultural thumbprint, creating a diverse and unique county. East Lothian is constantly growing and evolving and our new East Lothian flag is designed to be a powerful and evocative symbol of local identity, representing all parts of East Lothian.

Our local heritage plays an important and formative part of our present and our future. We learn so much from our cultural tradition; it represents our history and our identity, our shared bond and our belonging to a community. This is one thing I have learned during the 30 years of producing East Lothian Life – every one of us can contribute to the progress and vitality of our county. That’s why it’s important to respect and safeguard our cultural heritage and maintain a strong sense community.

Enjoy the beauty of spring and the pages of East Lothian Life.

Our wonderful front cover 'Spring Gardening at Newbyth' is by local artist Helen Wyllie -


06 East Lothian Homes
12 St Mary’s Whitekirk
18 East Lothian Property
36 Flying the flag for East Lothian
40 Neolithic history of Doon Hill
46 Air crash sites in the Lammermuirs
54 Farming East Lothian
74 30 years of East Lothian Life – the first decade
80 Travel & Explore
34 Figuratively Speaking
68 East Lothian Profile – meet Dr Frank Prior
72 Lord Archibald Hamilton, Naval Officer, Politican & Buccaneer
78 News & Views & Book Reviews
35 Play Bridge
38 Play Chess
48 Forgotten Airfields – Skateraw
59 Dreams and visions – the Promotion of Social Welfare
62 Cooking is fun...
66 Wine Cellars
70 Sporting East Lothian – Rugby, the beautiful game
14 Spring Interiors
16 East Lothian Antiques
22 Scotland’s Gardens Scheme
24 East Lothian Spring Gardening
28 Plants that changed our lives
30 Muddy Boots 69: Glenkinchie to Dodridge Law and back by Windy Mains
33 Health and Fitness
39 Money Matters
42 Art Matters: Zen & Art
45 The Rugged Pathway
50 East Lothian Biodiversity – Spring on the wing
82 East Lothian Motoring
76 East Lothian Life Classified