East Lothian is a council area of Scotland. Take a day to see magnificent Edinburgh Castle, and two or three more days to tour such attractions as the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, the National Gallery of Scotland, and the Museum of Scotland. The capital of East Lothian is the town of Haddington. This community of about 8,000 dates back to the 6th century when it was part of the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Bernicia. At the center of Haddington is the 18th century Town House, which once served as a council house, courthouse and jail. A major Haddington landmark is St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, which was founded in the 14th century. Close by is the 12th century Nungate Bridge. Lennoxlove House is a 13th century estate that was the home of William Maitlin, Secretary of State to Mary Queen of Scots. In the Garleton Hills of East Lothian, visitors can see the Hopetoun Monument, a 95-foot tower erected to the memory of John Hope, 4th earl of Hopetoun. Eight wrecked ships from the 19th and early 20th centuries lie in the waters here, and have been designated as maritime monuments. Aberlady Bay is part of the Transnational North Sea Trail.
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