Situated to the west of Aberlady village, just off the A198 scenic coastal road from Edinburgh, the centre overlooks Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve, and is located within easy reach of some of Scotland’s best coastal birdwatching sites. The 3500 square foot building occupies a simple form, design to have minimal impact on its surroundings.
Waterston House is an administrative hub, where a small team of paid staff aided by a group of dedicated volunteers, facilitate the everyday running of the Club.
The building houses the George Waterston Library, the largest ornithological library in Scotland, and the Donald Watson Gallery- one of the jewels in the Waterston House crown, exhibiting wildlife art all year-round (open during normal visitor hours).
Friendly staff and volunteers are available to provide help and advice, and ensure you make the most of your visit to the area. A recent sightings board, tide tables, birdwatching resources and tea/coffee are all on hand, and a small retail area stocks optical equipment, bird food, cards, second-hand books and artists’ prints.
Waterston House runs a programme of events throughout the year including art exhibitions, Birdwatching for Beginners courses, an Annual Book Fair, Goosewatch and Optics Day events, as detailed in the centre’s latest, What’s on. Entry to the Waterston House is free and open to all. Visit our contact us page for detailed opening hours and directions.
Waterston House (SOC HQ) will be closed on Thursday 8 December from 12 noon - 3pm for our volunteers Christmas party.
We’ll be closing for the festive period on Sunday 25 December and will re-open on Monday 2 January 2017.
Please note that HQ will also be shut from 10am - 12 noon on Monday 23 Jan 2017 for staff training.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!