Are you a regular visitor to Prestongrange?

We’re planning ahead for next year and we’re thinking of offering families a buggy-friendly nature trail around the Prestongrange site. If you’ve not been before, the museum is on the site of various industries which have now closed, and in their place, nature and wildlife bloom! Visitors walking around can see buildings such as the Hoffman kiln, Beam Engine and Powerhouse as well as railway tracks and machinery. In 2014, with it being the year of Homecoming focussing on East Lothian born John Muir and his love of wildlife, we thought we would celebrate the nature and wildlife of Prestongrange. We’re going to have an exhibition, called Wild Prestongrange, which will include the animals, plants, flowers and mini beasts that inhabit the Prestongrange site.

We’d also like visitors to be able to pick up a map which shows them where they could spot

Family fun at Prestongrange

All aboard at Prestongrange!

some of these things around the site. We’ve asked the Countryside Rangers for their thoughts, but we’d really like to hear from our regular visitors too. Do you know where you can find the best brambles on site? Or, have you spotted a specific type of wildflower growing by the pottery? Or perhaps you know where the you can spot a rare butterfly within 5 minutes walk of the Visitor Centre?

Get in touch and let us know! You can either leave a comment below, tweet us as @ELMuseumService, send us as message on Facebook ‘East Lothian Council Museum Service’, or email us

We look forward to hearing all your suggestions!

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2 Responses to Are you a regular visitor to Prestongrange?

  1. Just across the road from the museum are the wader scrapes, lagoons, and bird hides that are managed by the EL Council. These provide great opportunities to view birds and insects. Incorporating these into the nature trail would be good and may encourage the Council to maintain them.

  2. sarah says:

    Thanks for this. The Lagoons are a lovely idea and we could include this in a section about a longer walk that families could go on as part of a visit to the museum :)

    If you’d like to feedback to ELC’s Ranger Service about the lagoons, their email is

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