Discover the rich heritage of East Lothian

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight celebrates the richness of East Lothian's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting events throughout the county. There are events to get everyone involved, including guided walks, illustrated talks, excavations, and lots more.

This annual heritage showcase runs from Friday 1 September to Sunday 17 September and includes talks, guided tours, archaeological excavations and workshops throughout the county.This year’s highlights include Knights’ Tours of Hailes and Tantallon Castles and a Military History Day at Prestongrange Museum.

Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeological excavation? This year we have two community excavations at Cockenzie Harbour running from 1-10 September and at Newhailes House on 2 & 3 September (please check programme for full details). Or you could enjoy a guided walk around Dirleton or Gullane exploring the history of these fascinating villages.

Other events during the fortnight include a Lime Pointing workshop, the Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield Walk, a talk about East Lothian’s earliest prehistoric settlers and history events in Tranent including an archaeological architectural history of the town’s shopfronts. A day of lectures at St Mary’s Church in Haddington will explore East Lothian in the 19th century.

Archaeology and Local History Fortnight is organised by East Lothian Council Archaeology Service with the support of the local history and heritage societies, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland. The fortnight is part of Archaeology Scotland’s annual Scottish Archaeology Month. For more information visit

Published: Thursday, 24th August 2017