East Fortune Attractions
East Fortune East Lothian is where the National Flight Museum is situated. Once East Fortune was an Aerodrome for the World War I aircraft and a flight training centre for pilots it opened in 1915. It was also an integral part of the RAF in the World War II. It is now used by East of Scotland Microlights who are based at East Fortune Airfield. The old runway is used by supercars for a visitor activity. East Fortune is a great place to spend a day or two for petrol heads and flying enthusiasts. Learn to fly in a Microlight or drive at crazy speeds in super cars.
National Fight Museum
Merryhatton Garden Centre
National Flight Museum
The Airfield where the National Museum of Flight is situated was opened in 1915 as The Royal Naval Air Station as part of the defence against zeppelins which bombed Scotland, causing damage to many parts of Edinburgh.
Stationed at the airfield were many types of aircraft as well as airships (balloons). The World War 1 fighting ended on
11 November 1918. When the surrendered German Fleet sailed into the Firth of Forth, aircraft stationed at East Fortune made historic photographs and filmed the German Fleet.
In the 2nd World War the aerodrome was used as a training base for pilots who came from all the allied counties including Australia and New Zealand. East Fortune was also used in the 1960s as an airport while Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport was being renovated, over 90.000 passengers used East Fortune during that time.
The Flight Museum opened in 1975 and anyone interested in flight history should visit, with Spitfire, Dan Air passenger Jets, Bye planes and even a Concorde Supersonic British Airways passenger Jet.
Gilmerton House East Lothian a Georgian Mansion refurbished to a high standard is situated East Fortune East Lothian. There is a walled garden of 4 acres. Gilmerton Estate has been owned by the Kinloch family since 1664 and its surrounding by a large estate. It is close to both Athelstaneford home of the Scottish Flag and the National Museum of Flight East Fortune. The old house was extended and the front of the house is the newer section
East Fortune East Lothian
Francis Kinloch 1st Baronet, of Gilmerton purchased the estates in 1664. He was Lord Provost of Edinburgh and in 1686 was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia, his son Sir Francis Kinloch succeeded him then his son Sir Thomas Kinloch became 3rd Baronet then his son became Sir James Kinloch 4th Baronet, his son became Sir David Kinloch 5th Baronet, then his brothers, Sir Francis Kinloch of Gilmerton, 6th Baronet; Major Sir Archibald Gordon Kinloch of Gilmerton, 7th Baronet; Sir Alexander Kinloch of Gilmerton, 8th Baronet his brother David 5th Baronets son became Sir David Kinloch of Gilmerton 9th Baronet followed by his son Sir Alexander Kinloch of Gilmerton 10th Baronet, then his son David Alexander Kinloch 11th Baronet then his son Alexander Davenport Kinloch 12th Baronet his son became Sir David Kinloch of Gilmerton 13th Baronet.
East Fortune Super Cars
East Fortune East Lothian the site of the National museum of Flight and East Fortune motorcycle race circuit where you can also drive Super cars.
Merryhatton Garden Centre
Come along to a world of plants, flowers and garden ornaments. Garden Furniture Garden Lighting, Garden Tools, pots and planters Grow your own vegetables. Give your children their own area bird feeders or a Fairy plot with a fairy house and garden. Cafe and Food. Whatever time of day sit and enjoy a tea or coffee and a bit to eat.