Rugged Routes #1

New for 2016 on The Scientist Runs – some running routes to inspire and challenge you. Over the Christmas break I was lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful trails and explore new places through running. I wanted to document these for you to follow and for myself to look back on. 

So here goes, Rugged Routes Part One: Longniddry to North Berwick (ran on Saturday 19th December 2015).

Get to the start
Jump on the train from Edinburgh Waverley Station and head East towards the coast to arrive in Longniddry in just 20 minutes.
12.5 miles or 15 if you want to add on a jaunt up North Berwick Law onto the end of the run.

A good mix of road, trail and sand dune.

On route
Optional pub stops at Aberlady (after 5km) and Gullane (after 10km)

At the finish
North Berwick is a beautiful little village on the coast with lovely shops, cafes and pubs. It’s very popular in the Summer with a lobster shack and putting green to entertain yourself. I’d recommend hunting down Steampunk – a coffee roastery and cafe housed in an old joinery warehouse – for the perfect flat white and slice of cake or the ultimate cheese toastie to “toast” the end of your run. You can then hop back on the train to Edinburgh Waverley and watch out the window onto where your legs have just taken you.

Keep your eye on the forecast, we were lucky and found a mild, calm day, but as you’re on the coast it can get very windy and the weather can change quite quickly. Find a group of running friends, grab your return tickets at the station (a return to North Berwick is cheaper than two singles) then head off from Longniddry towards the sea, following part of the John Muir Way along your way. The route does pass a few golf courses, skirting some bouncy greens, so be courteous to golfers enjoying their day out too. Take full advantage of the sharp inclines and tough terrain of the sand dunes and incorporate some sand hill sprints into your run, filling your shoes with sand making them heavy on your descents. Enjoy the fresh air and take deep breaths, filling your lungs with salty sea air. Relax. Run. Run free.



  1. 13th January 2016 / 10:02 am

    What a pretty run! I'm a walker rather than a runner, but Scotland is my favourite place for anything outdoorsy.

  2. 14th January 2016 / 9:34 am

    Thanks Claire! As long as you're outdoors, walking or running is great! and I agree, Scotland is my favourite!

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