Historical Tantallon

It was a glorious morning and I rose early, slipped into my sturdy walking boots and hiked the 3 miles to the impressive ruins of Tantallon Castle. I was drawn like a magnet to this huge fortification that towers majestically above the sea and couldn’t help recalling some of the stirring words from Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion.
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The Penicuik to Bonnyrigg Walkway

Taking the walk from south to north, it runs from Valleyfield Monument to Loanhead and back to Rosslyn, around 7 miles. For much of the walk you are following a disused railway track, providing good walking conditions on the whole. The points described can be followed on the map. If you have access to more than one vehicle, you can leave one at Rosslyn for when you finish. Otherwise, there are buses through Penicuik and Bonnyrigg. Map is O.S. Sheet 66.

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Airship Memories

East Lothian skies are fairly peaceful, except for the occasional scream of a low flying jet or the steady throb of a light aircraft puttering out of Turnhouse, on the other side of the capital city. However, at one time the skies were heavy with aircraft noise and before that, with great airships rising from East Fortune airfield.

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