infobox UK place
country = Scotland
population= 873 [cite web|publisher=Scotland's Census Results Online|title =Comparative Population Profile: Aberlady Locality | url=http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainArea=aberlady&mainLevel=Locality | date = 2001-04-29| accessdate =2008-08-31 ] (2001 census)
est. 1,140 [http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data] (2006)
postcode_district = EH32 xxx
dial_code= 01875 7
Aberlady (Gaelic: "Obar Lìobhaite") is a coastal village in the Scottish council area of
East Lothian. On Aberlady Bay, it is five miles northwest of Haddington and approximately 18 miles east of Edinburgh, to which it is linked by the A198 Dunbar - Edinburgh road.
Aberlady Parish Church was opened in 1887. In the 1980s, the parishes of Aberlady and
Gullanewere merged, and the Manse is now in Gullane.
Aberlady is surrounded by several well-known golf courses including
Luffness, Kilspindieand Craigielaw.
In the Middle Ages, Aberlady was an important harbour and was referred to as "the Port of Haddington". Medieval coins and Anglo-Saxon items have been found.
Aberlady had strong links with the monasteries at
Ionaand Lindisfarne, and its role was to facilitate the pilgrim traffic between the two sites. Previous archaeological excavations have shown traces of a Culdeechapel, and Pope Gregory Xmade reference to the church which he called "Aberlefdi". The Aberlady Cross fragment can be seen at the National Museum of Scotlandin Edinburgh.
Aberlady Conservation Society was formed in 2001 as a community based history and conservation society. The "Aberlady Heritage Project" is a community-led project, and in 2008 it surveyed three sites in Aberlady which are of maritime heritage interest.
In 1952, Aberlady Bay became the
UK's first Local Nature Reserveor LNR. Amongst its other conservation designations are: Site of Special Scientific Interestor SSSI; Special Protection Areaor SPA; and Ramsar site. East Lothian Councilprovides Reserve Wardens. Waterston House, overlooking Aberlady Bay, is the headquarters of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club(SOC). It is named after George Waterston, the founder of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
The Library holds over 3,500 items and is said to be the largest ornithological library in Scotland.
The art gallery space is named after
wildlife artistDonald Watson who was President of SOC. The gallery specialises in bird-related paintings, but in May 2008 it had a textileexhibition named "Flights of Fancy".
Nigel Tranterwas inspired to write on his daily walks on the nature reserve. A cairnin his memory stands at the car park by the wooden footbridge; Nigel Tranter referred to it as "the bridge to enchantment".
List of places in East Lothian
List of wildlife artists
North Sea Trail
John Muir Way
* [http://www.snh.org.uk/about/lnr/detail.asp?id=8122] Scottish Natural Heritage webpage for Aberlady LNR
* [http://www.elh.info/site/pages/local-heritage-groups/aberlady-conservation-society/aberlady-heritage-project.php] Aberlady Conservation Society and Aberlady Heritage Project website
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