Aberlady Bay - Scottish beach holiday in East Lothian

From Edinburgh or Edinburgh Airport, follow the signs to Berwick on Tweed, take the A1 towards Berwick on Tweed. After about 6 miles watch for signs to North Berwick and follow these. Take the A198, which leads to Longniddry, continue towards Aberlady, drive through Aberlady and the road bends to the left towards the Aberlady Bay. Aberlady Bay, a 5 minute walk away, is a beautiful local nature reserve (the first in Britain) and is renowned especially as a bird-watching venue.

beach close to Luffness castle

Situated in a wooded estate not far from Aberlady Bay, is ideally suited as a base from which to explore the East Lothian coast. This coastline, stretching from the Firth of Forth to North Berwick, has an abundance of wonderful and ancient golf courses - a real paradise for any golfer.

The local area is steeped in history with Luffness Castle incorporating a 16th century tower house and a walled fruit garden built by prisoners of war from the Napoleonic Wars. There are many other historic attractions nearby notably the spectacular Tantallon Castle which is well worth a visit. There is a popular circular walk which heads through the reserve to take in the fine sandy beach before continuing to the village of Gullane and returning inland.

Nearby North Berwick, a picturesque seaside town that was once very fashionable with the rich and famous, has wonderful views of the Bass Rock, the best place in Scotland to see gannets. A boat trip is a great idea but failing that, the multi award winning Scottish Seabird Centre has live web cams and an interactive Discovery Centre.

The area is served by a regular train service from Edinburgh to North Berwick with Longniddry station being only 5 miles from Luffness Castle. It is therefore easy to explore Scotland's great capital city, Edinburgh, and then return to the peace of the countryside.

  • Sandy beaches
  • Walking
  • Aberlady Nature Reserve
  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips
  • Castles
  • Whisky distilleries
  • Watersports
  • Scottish Seabird Centre
    • Aberlady 1 mile, Gullane 2 miles
    • Edinburgh airport, 16 miles
    • Longniddry railway station, 5 miles
    • Pubs and restaurants -
      wide choice in Aberlady and Gullane
      and plenty more in North Berwick
    • Golf - there are 7 courses within 3 miles,
      including the world famous Muirfield


    Luffness Castle is built in the medieval wall forming part of the grounds of Luffness Castle.

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    Golfing accommodation for 6

    This is an ideal place to stay for an East Lothian golfing holiday - there are 31 nearby golf courses, including 7 within 3 miles (one of which is Muirfield). There are also sandy beaches within 5 mins walk, castles, distilleries and fabulous villages to explore. This self-catering near Edinburgh also means you can be in the capital within 30 minutes and explore all its delights.