East Lammermuir Deans

Situated on the northern edge of the Lammermuir Hills, the East Lammermuir Deans are steep-sided, eroded gullies that provide a haven for lime-loving plants and support important areas of woodland and species-rich grassland.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Species-rich grassland
  • Northern brown argus butterflies
  • Fascinating geology

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug for grassland plants

Visit for:

  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • geology
  • butterflies

Other information

The common rock-rose, which attracts the northern brown argus butterfly, grows on the reserve.

There are a couple of circular paths with some steep sections on this reserve.


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How to get there


Travel east on the A1 to the south of Dunbar. About 2 miles east of Dunbar, take the right turn (south) signposted to Innerwick. Follow this road past Thurston Manor Holiday Park and continue south towards Thurston Mains. Take care here as the road narrows, running parallel to Aikengall Water until the farm buildings appear at Wester Aikengall. Please park here and continue on foot up the windfarm track to the reserve.

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Getting onto the reserve

A small circular path from the parking area heads south to a view point into Fairy Glen (Burnhope Glen). There are no other maintained paths on this reserve, which includes some very steep ground.

Access restrictions

Access is across farmland used by sheep. Dogs must be kept under strict control at all times.
Please beware of traffic using the tracks whilst the windfarm is under construction.

Nearest town
Dunbar (6 mi / 9.7 km)
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About East Lammermuir Deans

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Woodhall DeanThornton GlenBrock Wood

Local group

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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