On the trail of castles, seabirds and Concorde

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2020 has been a difficult time for encouraging people to use the bus. Richard Walter looks at the current provision of public transport across East Lothian for both locals and tourists and discovers that even in the middle of a pandemic, there is much still to see, subject of course to the Covid-19 travelling restrictions that might be in place

The territory
East Lothian is within easy travelling distance from Edinburgh and has seven railway stations at Dunbar and Musselburgh on the East Coast Main Line and North Berwick, Drem, Longniddry, Prestonpans and Wallyford on the North Berwick Line.

There are also a number of bus operators providing a link from East Lothian into nearby Edinburgh and connecting the many rural villages down the east coast. Lothian Buses and its subsidiary East Coast Buses operate a number of services from cross city destinations serving amongst other places Musselburgh, Wallyford, Pencaitland, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar. Eve Coaches of Dunbar and Prentice of Haddington provide a comprehensive network of routes connecting the villages in rural East Lothian with larger towns while Borders Buses’ service 253 passes through a number of East Lothian locations on its way to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

East Coast Buses operates a number of Wrightbus Eclipse Urban 3 Volvo B8RLEs. These 13.2m-long high spec buses feature leather seats and have proved to be very popular. They each carry different rear vinyls for some of the tourist attractions in East Lothian.

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