Parish & Town

The Parish

The Parish of Tranent borders with the villages of Cockenzie and Port Seton to the North, Ormiston to the South, Macmerry to the East, and Dolphinstone to the West. The village of Elphinstone to the South is part of the parish and meetings are held in the school hall there.

The Parish Church is situated in Church Street, to the North of Tranent town centre (see location page).


The Town

Tranent is one of the oldest towns in East Lothian, with coal mining being of central importance from the 12th Century to about 30 years ago. The town has a population of around 9,000 and, with the rapid development of privately owned, local authority and housing association property, this figure is on the increase.

The town is popular with commuters and is served by a good road network, an excellent bus service and railway stations at Prestonpans and Wallyford, all offering quick links to Edinburgh city centre and surrounding areas.

There are good educational facilities for children, from nursery to secondary, and two new primary schools have been built to serve the expanding population. Tranent’s shops cater for all daily requirements and there are banks, a library, a sports centre with a swimming pool and a health centre.

Tranent is located in pleasant countryside, with excellent beaches nearby.