Aberlady Bay

Aberlady Bay

Aberlady Bay is a bay in East Lothian, Scotland between Aberlady and Gullane.

In 1952, Aberlady Bay became the UK's first Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and is served by the East Lothian Council Rangers.

The Scottish Ornithologists' Club has Waterston House as its headquarters at Aberlady, with panoramic views of the Bay.

Aberlady Bay is part of the John Muir Way, a long distance footpath from Fisherrow (Musselburgh) to Dunglass. It is also the East Lothian Section of the transnational North Sea Trail, a path network connecting seven countries and 26 areas.


The wrecks of eight historic (19th or early 20th century) fishing vessels at Kilspindie have been designated as maritime scheduled ancient monuments.

Two wrecks of XT-craft, training versions of the X craft can be seen - in 1946, the craft were towed to the bay, then moored to a concrete block and used for target practice by aircraft of the Royal Air Force.

The wrecks of the submarines lie much closer to the low-water mark than the high-water mark and tides in the bay rise "very" quickly - those wishing to examine the wrecks should thus take note of the tides and leave plenty of time to return to the shore from the wrecks.

ee also

*John Muir Way
*Protection of Wrecks Act
*List of places in East Lothian
*Headlands and bays
*List of bays of the British Isles

External links

* [http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/aberlady/aberladybay/index.html Aberlady Bay]
* [http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-environmental/mcga-dops_row_receiver_of_wreck/mcga-dops-row-protected-wrecks/mcga-dops-row-ancient-monuments-list-part1.htm Maritime and Coastguard Agency website] information on protected wrecks
* [http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/EasyTide/SelectPrediction.aspx?PortID=0223 Tides for Fidra, an island off the coast of North Berwick - these give a rough indication of tides in Aberlady Bay]

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