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Below are additional pages on this website for each season:


Situated on the northern fringe of the agricultural coastal plain of East Lothian, Dirleton is a great staging post to explore the beautiful beaches, sand dunes and woodlands found on its doorstep.

Protected for its conservation value, the beautiful East Lothian coastline is varied in geology and rich in wildlife with much of it still possible to explore in near solitude for much of the year. From Dirleton, many people will access the coast through Yellowcraig, where, on a windy day, the woodland trails can be the best place to shelter. When the sun is shining however there are few lovelier activities than wandering the flower-rich dune grasslands on your way to the beach. You can access Yellowcraig via the John Muir Way heading east from Dirleton, or directly by car.

For more information on access and the facilities at Yellowcraig please visit the East Lothian Council Ranger website.

For some inland exploration, a short distance west along the John Muir Way take takes you by Archerfield Links Golf Course and the Walled Garden, where there are trails leading you around the historic designed landscape of Archerfield Estate. Roe deer, great spotted woodpeckers and an array of other wildlife make their home amongst the mature woods and scrubland. Of an evening you may even be lucky to glimpse a barn owl feeding in the rough grassland.

East Lothian’s Core Path Plan has information about the extensive network of paths locally and across the rest of the county.

Everyone has a right of non-motorised access to most countryside in Scotland. This includes walking, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing and other activities. For further information about rights and responsibilities visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

Ranger events and Guided Hikes
These take place throughout the year around the county. For more information see the East Lothian Council Ranger events page.

To find out the latest countryside news from East Lothian Ranger Service, please visit our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter.


Friends of Yellowcraig website

East Lothian Council Ranger Service runs a monthly conservation volunteer group at Yellowcraig where a wide range of practical tasks are undertaken.
For more information on scheduled activities, latest news or how to get involved please visit the Friends of Yellowcraig website.