The overland route from Aberlady to Holy Island via Haddington and Abbey St Bathans formed part of a more extensive 8th century pilgrimage route between the two monastic powerhouses of the early Celtic church, Iona and Lindisfarne.
It is very possible that St Aidan, the founder of the monastery at Lindisfarne took this route.
Complementing St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne, the Aberlady Heritage Trust propose to promote this former pilgrimage route as St Aidan’s Way. It has been re-launched with funds from the European Union and the Scottish Government and a promotional leaflet has been produced.
Another long-distance footpath, St Chad’s Way, has also been created. Lindisfarne’s star pupil, Chad became Bishop of Mercia. St Chad’s Way, the idea of Holy Island visitor David Pott, will stretch 75 miles between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield.