Battlefields of East Lothian (AD 800–1745)

East Lothian is home to some of the most important battle sites in Scotland, from the 9th century to the 18th.

The Battle of Athelstaneford (832 AD)

The Battle of Dunbar I, Spott (1296)

The Battle of Pinkie (1547 AD): a battle memorial stone is located at the eastern end of Crookston Road, along from Inveresk Lodge, Musselburgh.

The Siege of Haddington (154849 AD)

The Battle of Dunbar II (1650): currently the best way to experience the site is to either view it from Doon Hill or to visit the battle commemoration stone on the side of the A1087 road into Dunbar.

The Battle of Prestonpans (1745): to visit the site, either climb up to the top of the viewing mound at Meadowmill (signposted from the A1) or follow the self-guided walk described in the downloadable battle leaflet.

Each battle was fought over an extensive area, which is now part of the working landscape of East Lothian.

In some cases, a battle memorial has been erected to mark the site of the event, and at Athelstaneford an interpretive centre has been created at the doocot.

There are further plans to provide better access and interpretation provision at all of East Lothian’s battle sites.




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