Photo by Joyce Hunnam
This picturesque coastal village has a population of around 1,200. It dates from earliest times and has a strong ecclesiastical background, with links to Iona and Lindisfarne. It has welcomed travellers for centuries and was a trading port until the 18th century.
Today the village retains its unique charm. It has a primary school and a church overlooking the extensive bay beyond and dating back to at least the 15th century . The Community Hall and Kirk Stables provide venues for a variety of community and other events and meetings. It has its own post office, shop, two hotels, restaurants and a number of bed and breakfast establishments.
Aberlady is a vibrant community with a variety of clubs including bowling, arts and crafts, football (including an active children’s club), curling, choir, heritage, ornithology and four golf courses on its doorstep and others within easy reach. It has a popular Gala each year in June, while its annual Bonfire Night in early November attracts an increasing number of external visitors.
Aberlady Bay and its local nature reserve offer spectacular views, a variety of coastal and countryside walks and an abundance of wildlife, including a huge migrant bird population.