Scottish Flag Heritage Centre – Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford Kirk

Athelstaneford Kirk

The St. Andrew’s Cross or Saltire is Scotland’s national flag. Tradition has it that the flag, the oldest in Europe and the Commonwealth, originates in a battle fought close to the village of Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The battle between an army of Picts and Scots against Northumbrians was believed to have taken place in 832 AD.

The Flag Heritage Centre is housed in Athelstaneford Doocot which stands behind the kirk. The doocot was built by George Hepburn in 1583 – the date is still visible on the door lintel.

The centre is open from 1st April to 31st October during 2016 between 9.00am – 6.00pm. Admission is free.

Athelstaneford Doocot - Flag Heritage Centre

Athelstaneford Doocot

More photographs of my visit to the Scottish Flag Heritage Centre can be found on Borders Journeys Facebook.

If you would like me to create a private guided sightseeing tour for you, I will be happy to offer you my advice and plan the tour around your requirements. I recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and my emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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