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Seacliff Beach, North Berwick

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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. However, in 1907 it was gutted by fire. 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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  • This is a fantastic beach with beautiful scenery the bass rock and tantallon castle . We arrived early so parking was no problem and we had pick of the beach to settle down for the day. The beach is s...  read more »
  • Was recommended to visit Seacliffe and was not disappointed. A beautiful beach, quietly situated so not busy. £3 to take your car there but about a mile walk if you park at the entrance, not sure if p...  read more »
  • We took my Granddaughter to this beach for her very first feel of sand on her bear feet she loved it. it's a lovely beach, great for all ages we also had two dogs with us, they had plenty of room to r...  read more »
  • Worth the trip(if you can find it). It's down a pretty bumpy private road - worth remembering if your car can't handle it. Also, access to the beach is via some pretty steep stairs. The view is worth it though.
  • I ve been here and I can say that it s amayzing!
  • This is my favorite local beach. It's a beautiful place to spend some relaxing and contemplative time, and if you are into photography it's a great location with both the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle in shot from here.
  • This is a great secluded beach for a bit of peace and quiet. There is a £2 entrance fee for cars via an automated barrier. A narrow dirt track takes you down to car parking. However the beach is perfect. Great sand, relatively few people. You can surf etc. there. Note there are toilets but no food facilities so bring your own.
  • Very nice picnic spot. Good view on Base Rock and Tantalon Castle.
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