Kist, Aberlady Point, Aberlady.
Despite the tantalising name, the King's Kist is actually a
natural feature formed by the processes of erosion and is a remnant of a raised shore platform,
a stump left isolated from the retreating shore. Measures
about 2.00 metres high and is roughly in the shape of a large
kist or coffin.
From Aberlady, starting at the open grassed area beside the bay,
follow the shore eastwards around Kilspindie Golf Course. There
is no real footpath and you will have to negotiate your way
along the side of the golf course. After passing Aberlady Point,
the King's Kist will be seen about 100 metres off-shore. The
stone is within the tidal range and may or may not be visible
depending on the state of the tide. Check online tide tables and
visit at low tide.
There is free parking available in Aberlady.
It was when browsing the Ordnance Survey 6" 1st Edition
online maps at the National Library of Scotland's website, that
I came across a reference to "King's Kist". Having
been to the area once before I could vaguely recall noticing
this stone but with nothing indicated in the map, I though it
not worth recording. Without at least a name associated with the
stone, it was just anther boulder. A large stone a few metres to the east of
the King's Kist has a well-corroded mooring eye, indicating the
location has been used in the past, perhaps when Aberlady was a