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Blooming Haddington

A local group of volunteers dedicated to making Haddington a brighter place.
Their efforts has won Haddington the Beautiful Scotland Gold Medal and Best Town in the overall category for RHS Britain in Bloom.

Bridge Centre

Aims to bring together voluntary and other organisations to advance education and health and provide a meeting place and other facilities.

Co-Wheels East Lothian

Locally managed car club franchise. There are currently cars available in Musselburgh and Dunbar.

East Lothian Area Partnership (Haddington and Lammermuir)

Set up to be the local voice of East Lothian Partnership and strengthen links between communities and area-based services. The Partnerships are the main opportunity for local communities to contribute to the East Lothian Plan.

East Lothian Council (ELC)

ELC is the central council hub for East Lothian, covering every aspect of planning, services and community life in the area.

East Lothian Courier

Haddington-based weekly newspaper reporting on events and issues at the core of community life.

East Lothian Learning Partnership

Concerned with the promotion of learning opportunities for everyone in the local community. It seeks to find ways for learning to lead to achievement for young people, adults, and communities.

Friends of the River Tyne

The aims of the group are to raise public awareness and help develop the appearance/ecology of the river system.

Haddington and District Amenity Society (HADAS)

Established in 1996, the Haddington and District Amenity Society is a voluntary body of committee members dedicated to the celebration, promotion and protection of the Royal Burgh of Haddington.

Haddington Business Community Partnership

Haddington Business Community Partnership is responsible for keeping the Haddington economy thriving by acting as the voice for local businesses and supporting the initiative to attract visitors to the town.

Haddington Community Cinema

Established to provide Haddington and surrounding villages with a cinema experience accessible to all.

Haddington Farmers’ Market

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Haddington Farmers’ Market where our stallholders offer you a tempting selection of home produced specialities. Markets are on the last Saturday of every month from 9am – 1pm in Court St, Haddington

Haddington Garden Trust

The Trust’s aims are to preserve Haddington House Garden as an open precinct for the enjoyment of the public and to encourage the study of old Scottish gardens and gardening methods.

Haddington Pipe Band

Started in 1981, the band was the Scottish Pipe Band of the Year in 2009. Now a fully established community organisation and registered charity, it is seen as an institution in Haddington.

Haddington Rotary Club

Haddington Rotary Club is an essential part of the fabric of Haddington, and in 2010 celebrated 50 years of service to our community. Members come from wide variety of backgrounds and support many local and international organisations and provide assistance to many deserving causes.

Haddington Twinning Association

Organises and promotes twinning activity between Haddington and Aubigny sur Nère in France.

John Gray Centre

The John Gray Centre houses East Lothian’s Archaeology, Museum, Archives & Local History and the Haddington Library. The centre encourages the people of East Lothian to explore and engage with the history of the community and develop East Lothian Council’s heritage services.

Knox Academy

The Academy is Haddington’s non-denominational, co-ed secondary school, dedicated to John Knox.
The campus is extensive and houses excellent facilities after major refurbishment works in 2005.

Lammermuir Tours

Lammermuir Tours is a guided hillwalking service launched recently by Haddington-based David Gray, who says this vast rolling massif on the southern edge of East Lothian is a fantastic asset which can benefit everybody.

“Located just a short drive from Haddington, these hills have an almost Highland ambience,” explained David. “They’re ideal for local people or visitors wanting to experience a breathtaking sense of space, in beautiful surroundings, and probably the best place to see and understand why East Lothian is such a marvellous place, with so much to offer.”

He said: “The Lammermuirs give you a panoramic perspective on Haddington’s central role at the heart of the county, amongst a patchwork quilt of rich farmland. The web of roads connecting neighbouring towns and villages can be appreciated in a way that would be otherwise impossible, against the spectacular backdrop of the Firth of Forth.

“Walking along the hilltops reveals the landscape in unimagined ways, from the prehistoric remains of ancient hillforts, where our ancestors first made their homes here, to the huge reservoirs which help feed, wash and water every one of us.

“You can pick out the old fishing ports, at Dunbar and Port Seton, and the legacy of our industrial heritage – the former mining settlements at Tranent and Prestonpans, and see why the county is such a draw for tourists today, with its beautiful coastline. You can see charming villages dotted across the county, places such as Gifford and Stenton, which are amongst the most picturesque anywhere in Scotland. And right at the heart of it all, enriched by the farmland which first inspired its creation, sits Haddington, the market town par excellence.

“The Lammermuir Hills give you all this, in a single glance,” said David, “and walking there is one of the best ways to fully appreciate East Lothian’s – and Haddington’s – unique character.”

David, who has been climbing in the hills and mountains for over thirty years, on Scotland’s highest peaks and also in the French Pyrénées and Swiss Alps, hopes Lammermuir Tours will bring this little known range of hills to a wider public.

“The Lammermuirs have a remarkable story to tell,” he said. “Once the haunt of the Votadini tribe, who famously left behind the Traprain treasure, now in the National Museum of Scotland, and more recently crossed by drove roads used for centuries to transport livestock and salted fish from the coast, the hills here are imprinted with a rich human history.

“You can still walk on those drove roads, while appreciating today’s grouse moors, with their buzzards, game and mountain hares – against that spectacular backdrop over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

“And when you return to the lowlands, it’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget.”

Those wishing to find out more can visit the Lammermuir Tours website, at

Lamp of Lothian Trust

The Trust is a charity, founded by the late Duchess of Hamilton to bring together “a whole community” by restoring some derelict buildings at the south end of Haddington and making them available for community use.

New Beginnings Club East Lothian

We began in 2008 as a gardening group….. and by 2011 we wanted to do so much more. So the seed was sown that we form our own club.
Since then, the new beginnings club has grown and grown and is fast becoming the friendship tree we wished it to be!

Our Community Kitchen

Our Community Kitchen exists to address isolation and loneliness in the Haddington and Lammermuir area by welcoming people to Haddington Bowling Club on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a 3-course home-cooked meal and allowing friendships to form naturally.

Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre

A registered charity whose purpose is to promote and encourage the study, practice and knowledge of the visual arts and crafts in East Lothian.

Visit East Lothian

With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, we have the best of Scotland! East Lothian is a great place to visit, live and work. Have a look at just some of the things that make this a wonderful place.