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Faside Estate
Faside Estate - dream vacation

Faside Estate nr EdinburghTranent

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Tranent is the largest of a string of villages in East Lothian in central Scotland that have been industrial since medieval times. The other villages include Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Longniddry and Port Seton. Monks from nearby Newbattle Abbey mined coal here from the 13th century, and worked salt pans along the coast (hence "priest-town-pans", Prestonpans). There were also quarries, distilleries, breweries, tanneries, metal-working, potteries and brickworks. These all became uneconomic in the 20th C and the mining industry dwindled; today the area is a commuter belt for nearby Edinburgh.

Get in

By bus: East Coast Bus 104 runs every 30 mins from Edinburgh via Musselburgh, Wallyford and Tranent to Haddington. Bus 106 starts from Fort Kinnaird retail park then follows the same route from Musselburgh through Tranent to Haddington; change at Haddington for buses to Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Bus 113 runs from Edinburgh via Musselburgh, Wallyford, Tranent and Ormiston to Pencaitland. There are night buses along these routes.

East Coast Bus 124 / X24 runs from Edinburgh along the coast via MusselburghPrestonpansAberlady and Gullane to North Berwick.

By road: vehicles approach on A1, and look for the turn-off onto the old road. Bicycles aren't allowed on the new A1 so follow its old route, nowadays A199.

By train: you're unlikely to use it. The nearest station 1 Prestonpans, a mile and a half north of Tranent, only has trains between Edinburgh and North Berwick.

Get around

Lothian Bus 26 runs every 30 mins to Edinburgh from Tranent via PrestonpansMusselburgh, Joppa, Meadowbank, Leopold Place, North St David Street and Haymarket then out to Drum Brae and Clerwood in the western city.

See

  • 1 Tranent Tower. Stumpy remnants of a 16th century tower. It's becoming unsafe and you can't go in.
  • 2 Fa'side Castle, EH33 2LE (2 miles southwest of Tranent). 15th-century tower house in an L-plan, restored in the 1980s. It's privately owned and you can't visit.
  • 3 Battle of Prestonpans. Bonny Prince Charlie landed in the Highlands in July 1745 to reclaim the throne for the Stuarts; he and his Jacobites marched south to Edinburgh armed with little more than a promise of French support. Government forces under Sir John Cope assembled at Dunbar in September and the Jacobites marched out against them; they met at Prestonpans. Cope's men were green and fled from the Highlanders' wild charge, and the Government side were routed within half an hour. It was a huge boost to Jacobite confidence and credibility, and they marched down into England with high hopes. A monument on Prestonpans hill commemorates this first battle of "The 45".
  • The Prestonpans Tapestry, completed in 2010, is an embroidery loosely modeled on the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the battle. It's yet to find a permanent home and (as of Oct 2019) is not on display.
  • Preston Tower is the shell of a 14th C tower house, 300 yards north of Prestonpans railway station. Close by is the imposing Northfield House, but you can't visit.
  • 4 Prestongrange Museum, Morrison's Haven, Prestonpans EH32 9RX (B1348). Apr-Sep daily 11:30-16:30. Museum in a 400-year old industrial complex, centred around the coal mine with beam engine and winding gear. Occasional guided tours. Free.
  • 5 Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry EH32 0PG (A198). Apr-Sep daily 09:30-17:30. Ruin of 15 / 16th century church. Seton Castle adjacent is privately owned and you can't visit. Adult £6.

Do

  • Walk the coast with views over to Fife. West, a short walk brings you past the lagoons and racecourse into Musselburgh. East, Prestonpans and Cockenzie have a lot of brownfield gaps, and the beach is muddy until Seton Sands. The trail continues past Craigielaw and eventually to Aberlady and Gullane.
  • Glenkinchie Distillery is 5 miles south near Pencaitland, see Haddington for details.

Buy

  • Tranent has an ASDA, but big-ticket shopping is at Fort Kinnaird retail park west along A1 on the edge of Edinburgh.

Eat

  • Tranent has several takeaways, one of the few sit-down places is Giancarlo's on High Street, open daily.
  • Prestonpans has Dragon Way, open W-M.

Drink

  • 1 The Brig Inn, 90 Bridge Street Tranent EH33 1AL. Daily 11:00-23:00. Traditional pub with good range of food.
  • Also in Tranent are The Keepers Arms, New Plough Inn and Whispers.
  • Prestoungrange Gothenburg on Prestonpans High St is a pub with microbrewery and food, open daily 11:00-23:00.

Sleep

  • Tranent lacks accommodation. With your own car, try the Premier Inn further west along A1, and other options near Musselburgh.
  • 1 Adniston Manor. is an upscale B&B two miles east near Macmerry.
  • 2 Anchorage B&B. is on the coast at Cockenzie.
  • Seton Sands on the coast two miles north of Tranent has camping and caravan pitches plus static caravans for hire.

Connect

Good signal in this area.

Go next

  • You can't miss seeing Edinburgh. The crags of Arthur's Seat are visible from Tranent and Prestonpans.
  • Go to the races at Musselburgh.
  • At Haddington you escape the burbs and industry into open country. Here is East Fortune airfield, with the Museum of Flight.
  • The coast improves greatly beyond Aberlady: attractive villages are GullaneNorth Berwick and Dunbar.

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