Image of the beach at John Muir Country Park

Walks in East Lothian

There are some great places to walk and relax in and around North Berwick. Enjoy great views of the Bass Rock from the beach at the East Bay – with a walled boating/paddling pond it’s ideal for children and families. Sample some snacks and a coffee on the outdoor decking area of the Seabird Centre in the harbour area. The West Bay leads round the coast to the scenic village of Dirleton (and its Castle) and the Yellowcraig nature reserve, with sweeping views of Fidra and its lighthouse. For a more sheltered walk in North Berwick, try the Lodge Grounds with its aviary and interesting gardens.

Climb the impressive North Berwick Law to get spectacular panoramic views of East Lothian or take a walk along the high street to sample the local bakers and butchers, cafes and bars. There is also a great selection of fine restaurants in North Berwick including The Grange, Osteria, Zitto’s, The Puffin, Cucina Amore, The Herringbone, Signals Bistro and the Nether Abbey.

Just outside North Berwick is the historic Tantallon Castle, which is on the way to Dunbar via the scenic Coast Road. Look out for the new clifftop cafe (called Drift) on the way to the castle – it has great views of the Bass Rock.

As for transport, East Coast Buses have introduced new tours of East Lothian on an open top bus with plenty of new bus stops added along the route. The new tours depart hourly from North Berwick between 30 June and 31 August then every weekend in September, with newly refurbished open top tour buses and a live guide on board. Attractions on the tour route include North Berwick Gin Distillery, the National Museum of Flight, Preston Mill in East Linton, Chesters Hill Fort and Dirleton Castle. More details can be found on their website: East Coast Tours.

The bay at Seacliff is stunning, but there is a charge of £3 for the privilege of experiencing this “private” beach. Near Dunbar there is the stunning Tyninghame beach and the John Muir Country Park (where a charge of £2 is in place for use of both car parks).

Other attractions include Traprain Law, Hailes Castle and Preston Mill near East Linton. There is a great walk along the Tyne river at Haddington and the nearby Butterdean Wood, maintained by the National Trust, is a superb place to get away from it all.

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