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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. 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 to us was a hidden gem of a beach. The weather was beautiful, we happened to pack a lunch so we sat back and watched the locals play in the surf in their full body wetsuits and watched a group of...  more »
  • Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Great beach, stunning scenery, very peaceful. One of the best Scotland has to offer.  more »
  • This small bay offers great views of Bass Rock and also very quiet and tranquil. Easy to get to and very clean.  more »
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  • What a place, stunning. Remember and walk right to the left to see the tiny port and appreciate the fantastic view of Tantallon castle.
  • Great beach - one of, if not the best beach in East Lothian. Huge beach when the tide is out with spectacular views of Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle. It is privately owned so a £2 fee is required to access the beach, with these fees paying for maintenance of roads / rubbish collection etc. Great place for walking dogs, but be mindful that there are limited rubbish bins. Be prepared to take bags and take your rubbish home with you!
  • Fantastic beach parking is only £3 for the day
  • The beach is very clean and usually there are not too many people. There is a £3 fee if you are driving and want to park next to the beach.
  • 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.