Bob Law’s Blog: Musselburgh, walking and photography

Canada Geese in Flight. River Esk.
The town of Musselburgh lies just to the east of Edinburgh and is worth a day trip at any time of year. Apart from visiting the town itself, which has a harbour, shops, sandy beaches, a fine community theatre and old period buildings, the area is also good for walking.
The Sandy Beach at Musselburgh

The Sandy Beach at Musselburgh

Shoreline Walk

Portobello Beach. Joppa End

Portobello Beach. Joppa End

Number one is an easy and enjoyable shoreline walk from Musselburgh to Portobello. This can be done both at high or low tide (if the tide is in walk through Joppa). The walk is only 4km or 8km return, if you prefer you can catch the bus back.  Another option if travelling through by bus is to go back via Portobello. Buses run to Edinburgh from both seaside towns.

Canada Geese. Musselburgh. River Esk.

Canada Geese. Musselburgh. River Esk.

The River Esk

Walk Two is up the River Esk from the coast. The river flows through the town centre – it is very scenic with plenty of bird life.  There are good paths and cycle tracks to take you inland along the river banks.
River Esk Reflections

River Esk Reflections

Coastal Walk to Prestonpans

Wild Flower Mixture. Prestonpans.

Wild Flower Mixture. Prestonpans.

Walk Three is past Musselburgh Racecourse along the shoreline and the old ash lagoons to Prestonpans. This is another great coastal walk and Prestonpans has some fine period buildings.The town is famous for its colourful murals, flower displays and salt making history. A nature reserve now lies where the ash lagoons once stood.

Getting there from Glasgow

Catch the Edinburgh Bus from Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station to Edinburgh. The  Local Number 26 Seaton Sands Bus will take you to both Musselburgh or Portobello. If travelling by car you will find Free Car Parks at the coast at all three places.
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