During your stay with North Berwick Holiday Homes there many wonderful places to visit in North Berwick, Gullane Aberlady and throughout East Lothian. History, natural beauty, sweeping sandy beaches and wildlife all in close proximity. Here are just a few of the many that we love to visit.
The Bass Rock once a prison is a volcanic cone just 2 miles offshore. Described by David Attenborough as one of the natural wildlife wonders of the world it is home each summer to 60,000 gannetts, 10,000 puffins and a variety of other seabirds. The rock turns shimmering white and is spectacular to visit to see it up close. Tours can be taken from the harbour and the Seabird Centre. It is a trip not to miss!
Standing watchfully over North Berwick, The Law as its called is worth the walk. Just a few minutes south, you can take the trail to the top. People of all ages manage the climb for its spectacular views of the coast and East Lothian. On top you will see a replica of the Jawbone that was placed there in 1702. Every summer it is the scene of the great Law race – from the harbour to the top and back. The record is 22 minutes!!
Tantallon Castle is perched on a high cliff edge overlooking the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock just two miles east of North Berwick. It features a mighty stone curtain wall and is the best 14th-century castle architecture anywhere in Scotland. The replica gun in the East Tower is an exact reproduction of the kind of gun that would have been used to defend the castle against James IV (1491) and James V (1528).
As you leave the village of Aberlady heading towards North Berwick and Gullane you encounter the great vista of Aberlady Bay and the Gullane bents before you. Aberlady Bay is the home each year of more than 20,000 pink foot geese, lots of seals lazing on the sand and two minitiature submarine wrecks which can be walked to at low tide. Park by the bridge and enjoy the natural beauty this area has to offer.
Dirleton Castle is in Dirleton village. It lies around 2 miles west of North Berwick. The oldest parts of the castle date to the 13th century, and it was abandoned by the end of the 17th century. Begun in around 1240 by John De Vaux, the castle was heavily damaged during the Wars of Independence, when it was twice taken by the English.