Transport & travel

Ink drawing of a fishwife getting a lift on a cadger's cart, by James Howe, c.1820–366Although people have been coming to East Lothian for thousands of years, it’s only in relatively recent times that roads and railways have made it easy.

Invaders – from the Romans onwards – have marched up from the southern borders, or, since before Cromwell’s time, sailed up the coast to land at Musselburgh or Dunbar.

Here we will be telling some of the tales behind the building of East Lothian’s networks of roads and railways, and some of the heroic and tragic stories behind some of the journeys made to – and from – the county.

Do leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for this part of the website, or share a story about historic East Lothian journeys at Your Stories. Or email us if you’d like to find out more about contributing an article.




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