Oct 282015

I’ve Been Everywhere” was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962.  Over the years, it has been adapted numerous times by several artists including this spectacular version by Canadian Hank Snow using American places (see video below).

We thought it might be fun to have an East Lothian version and have posted some alternative lyrics below – can you keep up with Hank?

I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Merryhatton road
When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load
“If you’re going to Merryhatton, Mack, with me you can ride”
So I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside

He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, “Listen, bud I’ve travelled every road in this here land”

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to


Wallyford, Musselburgh, Dunbar, Ormiston,

North Berwick, East Linton, West Barns, West Fenton,

Inveresk, Carberry, Aberlady, Ballencrief,

Humbie, Phantasie, Cockenzie, Kilspindie,

Bass Rock, Lammermuirs, Torness Point, Haddington,

John Muir Way, Whitecraig, Craigielaw, Stoneybank


Longniddry, MacMerry, Tranent, Gullane Bents,

Pencaitland, Spilmersford,Fidra, Fisherrow,

Gosford Bay, New Winton, river Esk, river Tyne,

Doon Hill,Humbie Mill, Soutra Hill, Preston Mill

Goose Green, Whiteadder, Yellowcraigs, Pinkie Brae

Milsey Bay, Birsley Brae, Smeaton Lake, for Pete’s sake


Elphinstone, Dolphingstone, Wolfstar, Ravensheugh

Aitkengall, Glenkinchie, Fa-side, Binning Wood

QMU, East Salton, West Saltoun, Byres Hill

Athelstaneford, Spott, Electric Bridge, Thornton Loch

Barns Ness, Fenton Barns, New Winton, Oldhamstocks

Back Chesters, Long Yester, see what I mean, sir


Phantassie, Pishwanton, Torness, Innerwick,

Peffer Burn, Birns Water, Garvald, Sam Burns Yard,

Top Pans, Bottom Pans, Roodlands, Seton Sands,

Ayres Wynd, Mercat Gait, Mercat Cross, Alandas,

Ashiqs, Day to Day, Northfield House, Prestongrange

Dirleton, Gifford, Lady Kitty, what a pity


Oct 232015

The East Lothian Young Farmers Club have embarked on a gruelling 24hr cycle to raise funds for two charities.

The event, which began at 6p.m. on Friday 23rd October, is being run in conjunction with the Haddington Show Ceilidh at Athelstaneford Village Hall. When the ceilidh is over and the revellers make their way home to rest their party feet, the Young Farmers will continue to pedal outside the Corn Exchange in Haddington from about 11p.m. until 6p.m. on Saturday!

The Club are raising funds for RSABI, the rural charity which supports people who have depended on the land (e.g. farmers, rural estate workers, trees surgeons etc) in times of crisis. The other charity to benefit from the 24hr cycle is the East Lothian Junior Agricultural Club – a social and educational club promoting agriculture for young people in East Lothian.

You can follow the event on Twitter using

Oct 232015

A new start-up business advisor has joined the Business Gateway team in the Business Innovation Zone at Queen Margaret University (QMU), in Musselburgh and Business Gateway in Haddington.

As part of the Business Gateway service run by East Lothian Council, Steve Newlin will provide free, easily accessible information for entrepreneurial students and graduates considering starting up their own businesses, as well as offering advice for new start-ups and established local businesses.

Steve NewlinBusiness Gateway is a Scotland-wide service, provided by a partnership of Scottish local authorities, enterprise agencies and the Scottish Government, offering impartial advice and support to small business start-ups.  QMU is the first Scottish university to host a Business Gateway office.

This innovative partnership exemplifies QMU’s commitment to supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and to assisting entrepreneurial students and graduates considering setting up their own businesses.

Commenting on his appointment, Steve, who lives in Gullane, said: “I’m excited to be joining the team and really looking forward to meeting and working with QMU students, graduates and the business community in East Lothian.

“I’m here to help with any aspects of starting up a new business and will be on hand to assist with planning, marketing and networking new businesses, and providing ongoing support.”

Miriam Smith, Business Development Manager at Queen Margaret University, said: “QMU has always wanted to be viewed as a real asset to its communities. This initiative ensures the University is supporting the local economy by driving business growth.

“The Business Zone will also support students and new graduates in developing their ideas into sustainable businesses, thereby creating a culture of enterprise within the University.”

Business Gateway is situated on the QMU campus within the Business Innovation Zone, overlooking the 1875 restaurant on level 1.

Steve’s office hours are 9am-5pm on Wednesdays or by appointment, E: snewlin@eastlothiangov.uk or Link in with Steve at uk.linkedin.com/in/SteveNewlin

The QMU Business Gateway is an addition to the Haddington Business Gateway.

Oct 202015
Service Alterations
Dunbar & North Berwick > Edinburgh Trains
Saturdays 14, 21 & 28 November and Saturday 5 December


Edinburgh – North Berwick/Dunbar (Saturday 14 November only)
Buses replace trains between Edinburgh Waverley and North Berwick/Dunbar calling at all intermediate stations.
Ayr to North Berwick (Saturdays 14 & 21 November)
Trains operate between Ayr and Edinburgh Waverley only. Buses run between Edinburgh and North Berwick calling at all stations.
Edinburgh to Dunbar (Saturdays 21 & 28 November & 5 December)
Buses replace trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Dunbar.
Journey times will be increased and replacement buses may arrive/depart earlier or later than advertised train times.
Oct 172015

Taking part in #EastLothianHour on Twitter is a great way to share information (and discover things!) about our great county.

Previous themes have included Food, Venues and The Great Outdoors.

On 10th November (9pm – 10pm) the theme will be Festive Gift Buying – with an emphasis on #ShopLocal.

It will be an opportunity for local producers, artisans and retailers to showcase their products and hopefully give everyone following #EastLothianHour some ideas for Christmas presents.

We will try to follow a timetable of sorts but don’t worry about sticking rigidly to it -we’ll just be glad that you are taking part.

To take part, all you have to do is put #EastLothianHour in your tweet.

9.00 – Welcome.  Introduce yourself!

9.05 – Imagine this scenario: It’s Christmas Eve.  The roads are blocked with snow. You need to walk to your nearest shop to purchase a last minute present.  Where in East Lothian do you go, how long does it take you, and what do you buy?

9.10 – You mission is to purchase an item which has been made, grown or designed in East Lothian.  Which of our county’s artisans do you recommend?

9.25 – Thinking about sustainability, fair trade, charity donations, charity Christmas cards, recycling and re-gifting – what are your favourite ethical buys that support the planet and its inhabitants?

9.35 – We love East Lothian – and so do many people who have moved away or have links to the county.  What are your recommendations for East Lothian themed gifts?

9.45 -They don’t require gift-wrapping, but ‘experience’ gifts make fabulous memories – which East Lothian experience do you recommend?

9.55 – Independent retailers rock! They need our support and often offer a much better experience than shopping online or at big chains.  Which East Lothian independent shops can you buy most, or all, of your gifts?

Oct 122015

Cast your net wider this October. Visit Haddington Famers Market on Saturday 31 October. 9am-1pm, Court Street, Haddington

East Lothian is a real foodie’s paradise with quality, character and imagination defining its culinary scene and you need no further inspiration than visiting Haddington Farmers’ Market to pick up fresh local produce direct from the producer. Whether you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth or want to pick up the best meat, seasonal fruit and vegetables or dairy produce from the area, there is something for you.

HFM_Belhaven_smokeryDSC_0396 HFM_freshtroutfilletHaddington Farmers’ Markets always promotes the benefits of buying local, in season, fresh produce from a wide range of Scottish producers.  It is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to come and explore our market and discover the vast range of delicious, high quality, affordable, award winning food and drink. It is a well known fact that eating fruits and vegetables in season is good for you and contains the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year. 

There’s always a fantastic selection of everything from bread, butter and jams to rapeseed oil, flour and locally produced, beers, apple juice and liquors. In the Year of Food & Drink 2015, find out why East Lothian and Scotland is renowned for its unique produce from Ballencreiff Black Pudding to Belhaven Smokehouse’s delicious range of smoked fish and cheese products. We are also very lucky to have fresh Hebridean shellfish with their range of delicious produce and this month lots of amazing fish and shellfish are in season, making it the perfect time to try something different. Scotland’s food and drink comes from unspoilt habitats and varied weather, which are perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and much more.

Known as the ‘friendly farmers’ market’ visiting Haddington Farmers’ Market gives you the perfect opportunity to chat to the stallholders who will be only too happy to share their expert knowledge and give you some tips on how best to cook and serve their produce. The markets are also a great chance to find out a bit more about where the produce came from.

This October, Year of Food and Drink focuses on Sustainable Shores, celebrating the fantastic natural larder found in Scotland’s seas, lochs and rivers. From the UK’s largest white fish port in Peterhead, to hand-dived scallops in Mull, Scotland’s seafood is known as some of the finest and freshest in the world.

East Lothian is cementing its place on the world culinary map with a powerful combination of world class products and businesses. Local farmers and producers will be offering everything from meats, eggs, cheese and vegetables to pies, pastries, cakes and handmade soaps and crafts. This, alongside our natural environment, is what has led Scotland to be labelled a Land of Food and Drink and Haddington Farmers’ Market plays an important role in that. Our aim is to promote and improve our relationship with food from within these shores.

Come and experience the true taste of Haddington Farmers’ Market and enjoy an excellent selection of great food and drink.