Taking a line… was an event organised by Susie Goodwin of the Dunbar Arts Trust. A group of us gathered in Dunbar this morning, to visit some of East Lothian’s most interesting and beautiful spots. We had an archaeologist, a geologist (two if you count me), and the Countryside Ranger. The rest of us are artists and/or writers. We started off on the Dunglass Estate, taking the back track up to the 1548 English fort, constructed during the Rough Wooing to protect the English supply route during the siege of Haddington. Then we walked down Dunglass Burn to the beach, smelling the wild garlic, examining plant fossils (Stigmaria), saying hello to the nesting fulmars, and generally beachcombing.
Then we went off into the Lammermuirs, for a wonderful scenic drive, ending up at the White Castle hill fort, a former stronghold of the Votadini (=Gododdin), although in truth nobody knows what the place was used for – defensive farmstead? summer shelter? what? Anyway, the views from the top are fantastic, down to Traprain, North Berwick Law, the Bass Rock, and over the Forth to the hills of Fife and beyond.