Visit Prestonpans and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Prestonpans, East Lothian. The prosperity of this small town, near Edinburgh and on the Firth of Forth, was once founded on salt pans started as early as the 12th century under the monks of Newbattle. These supplied the whole of the East of Scotland with salt until, in the early 19th century, the Salt Tax was repealed. Until recently, Prestonpans salt (which is real salt, not a synthetic compound) was much relished in Edinburgh. There was also early coal-mining in the area; in the 19th century a coffiery was re-opened.
As a result of its early prosperity, Preston-pans has a fine mercat cross dating from the 17th century, and several houses of that period: Hamilton House, dated 1628 (well restored by the National Trust for Scotland); Northfield House, with fine painted ceilings and a sundial dated 1647; Preston House, of which only a fragment remains (also 17th century). At Preston Tower a l5th century ruin, is a 17th century, dovecote with nests for over 1,000 birds.
But, for those interested in the Jacobite cause, particularly the '45, the name of Preston-pans is associated with the complete victory Prince Charles's Highland troops won over Sir John Cope on the 21st of September 1745; there is a memorial cairn 1 mile East of the town. The battle was over in ten minutes, and General Cope fled to England, being the first, it is said, to carry the news of his own defeat. The Battle of Prestonpans was a heartening appetiser to the Jacobites, but no substantial satisfaction was to follow. There is a monument to Colonel James Gardiner, one of Cope's officers, who fell. It is in the grounds of Bankton House hard by.
Nearby cities: Edinburgh
Nearby towns: Dalkeith, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Tranent
Nearby villages: Aberlady, Ballencrieff, Bolton, Bonnyrigg, Cockenzie, Craigmillar, Danderhall, East Saltoun, Easthouses, Elphinstone, Gilmerton, Glenkinchie, Gowkshill, Gullane, Humbie, Lasswade, Leith, Liberton, Loanhead, Longniddry, Luffness, Macmerry, Mayfield, Millerhill, Newbattle, Newtongrange, Ormiston, Pathhead, Pencaitland, Port Seton, Portobello, Roslin, Seafield, Wallyford, West Saltoun, Whitecraig
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- a Prestonpans bed and breakfast (a Prestonpans B&B or Prestonpans b and b)
- a Prestonpans guesthouse
- a Prestonpans hotel (or motel)
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- other Prestonpans accommodation