Seacliff Beach, North Berwick

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Seacliff comprises a beach, an estate and a harbour. It lies 4 miles east of North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.HistoryThe beach and estate command a strategic position at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, and control of the area has been contested through the ages. The beach and estate were used as a staging post for various raids on nearby Tantallon Castle from the 14th to the 17th century. Troops were also stationed here to prevent landings by the French during the Napoleonic Wars in 1798. Before bloodshed touched the area, the 8th century Christian missionary Saint Baldred was based in nearby Scoughall, and several features of the area have been named after him, such as "Ghegan Rock" (Churchman's Haven).In quieter times, the ownership of the estate has changed hands on several occasions. Seacliff House was built in 1750 by Robert Colt. It was later bought by George Sligo who in 1841 employed the famous Scottish architect David Bryce to build a new house in baronial style on the core of the older house. From 1854 until 1885 the house was owned by the orientalist John Watson Laidlay and he lived here with his family including Johnny Laidlay.In 1907 the house was gutted by fire, killing Andrew Laidlay, the then owner. The exterior survives almost complete with gables, turrets and bartizans. The outbuildings were later purchased by the Royal Navy who established a top-secret research base there during World War I. The station, known as HMS Scottish Seacliff, was mainly used for navigation training and U-Boat defence.
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  • On route to a long John muir walk. So different the rocks deformity never ever seen this before well worth a quick look  more »
  • Been coming here since I was a kid and love it! Probably one of the best views you can get. Lovely in the evening too.  more »
  • Great place for day out with family. Clear and calm.Extra charge £3 per car but is worth it. On the way to the beach you can see castle on the cliff,forest and horses.My 2 years old boy love it.  more »
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  • Fantastic beach, quiet with clean sand. Kids loved it, literally had the whole beach to themselves. £3 toll to get to to the car park.
  • Beautiful beach, clean. Only needs £3 to be able to get onto it to park.
  • This is a nice fairly quiet (but by no means empty) secluded beach, there are rock pools and a large rock to climb with a flat top where you can see nice views of Bass rock and Tantallon Castle. There is also a small harbour (when I say small I mean small, most people will probably have bigger back gardens than this harbour is!) where a couple of boats are tied up. The way in to this beach and it's car parks isn't so easy to find and work on a one way system, also costing £3 to get into and park. You pay your £3 into an old machine hoping it works and lets you through and hoping there is a way out somewhere!! The car park apparently closes at sunset so how accurate this is is anyone's guess, I didn't stick around late enough to find out. The first car park you come to has space for only about 4 or 5 cars and leaves you with a steep descent to the beach (unless you want to take a long walk around to the beach) which then obviously becomes a steep ascent back to the car park later, the larger car parks that you go down to as you follow the one way system through a very narrow track have a nicer journey to and from the beach but are further away from the small harbour and the large rock with the great views.
  • Beautiful beach to explore rock pools and go for a swim
  • Amazing place in all weather's

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