Dirleton cave: photo Fred McClintock
(Takes approx. 2 hours)
From Dirleton village walk along the tarmac track starting at East Lodge with Archerfield golf course to your right. Turn left and then right and walk past the entrance to the Walled Garden. A gate straddles the road. There is a path to the left of the gate. Pass the houses on the right. Just as the road turns to the left there is a gate and a path on the right. Take this path. Walk on and you will pass a small group of new houses on your right. Continue to walk on along the path and you will see the Renaissance golf club house on your right. Where this path ends, turn right onto the golf course path on your right. After a short stretch, bear left and follow the path through the golf course, passing a group of sea buckthorn on your left, laden with orange berries. Continue on for a bit and then cross the rough grass on your left and go down onto the shore. Turn right along the shore and after a short stretch you will come to a stone cliff formation bordering the shore. If you search carefully you will find the first of the cave entrances, set into the stone cliff face. Climb up and walk in to the cave. The second cave can’t be seen from the shore, but if you climb up the bank, it is around to the left of the first cave. Apparently the “old man of Dirleton” used to live in one of these caves. Continue along the coastline as far as yellowcraig and from there walk back up to Dirleton village.
walk courtesy of Fred McClintock