Gullane and Aberlady Bay, East Lothian
Starts at Main Street, Gullane [NT488830]
2 hours 30 minutes | 5.6miles 9.1km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10243 | Developed by: Keith Fergus |
This walk between Gullane and Aberlady takes in one of the finest stretches of coast in Scotland, heading to Gullane Point and then to the wildlife-rich Aberlady Local Nature Reserve. It then follows a section of the John Muir Way back to Gullane.
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Starts at

Main Street, Gullane [NT488830]

Ends at

Main Street, Gullane [NT488830]

Getting there

East Coast Buses Service 124/X24/X5 from Edinburgh or North Berwick to Gullane (0131 555 6363, 

Route instructions

[1] Start facing the remains of St Andrew's Church on Gullane Main Street. Turn L then R onto West Links Road and continue to its end through a gate beside Gullane No. 1 Golf Course. Bear R and climb steeply west up a grassy hill to the corner of a wall. An obvious path rises north, to the L of the wall, to the summit of Gullane Hill. The outlook is breathtaking, encompassing the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh. Continue across the summit to pick up a track to the right of the 7th tee.

[2] The track descends west. When it splits, keep R and continue to another fork and here go L, signposted for Gullane Point. Keep on to a waymarked path on the R, which proceeds high above the coast towards Hummell Rocks. At a junction, turn R onto a track then, just before a line of Second World War concrete block defences, keep R and descend a path to a sandy beach at Hummell Rocks. A path runs along the top of the beach, underneath steep dunes, keeping L at a fork to reach Gullane Point. At a junction, go R onto a sandy path that swings L and drops down onto Gullane Sands.

[3] This gorgeous stretch of golden sand heads south, underneath huge dunes, where wonderful views extend along the coast. After nearly 1km, beside a large wooden stake, turn L from the beach and climb over the dunes into Aberlady Local Nature Reserve. Pink-footed geese, wheatear, whitethroat, blackcap, redshank and lapwing may be seen at different times of the year.

[4] A good track heads east then south-east through the reserve. In a while, turn R at a crossroads (signed 'Footpath') and continue south, soon passing through a pocket of woodland. The reserve is eventually left behind via a lovely old wooden bridge to reach the A198. For a break, it is well worth a short stroll into Aberlady.

[5] To continue the walk turn L and follow the John Muir Way beside the A198 for about 1.5km. Just before the entrance to Luffness Links Golf Club, carefully cross the road and go through a gate. Here the John Muir Way continues along a field-edge path through glorious countryside. Nearing Gullane, pass through a gate and keep straight on to Saltcoats Road. Turn L and walk back Gullane Main Street.


This route was first published in the winter 2017 issue of walk magazine

Developed by: Keith Fergus
Looking along the dunes towards Gullane PointLooking along the dunes towards Gullane Point
Photo taken by: Keith Fergus