A circular route taking in the seaside towns of North Berwick, Dirleton, Gullane and Aberlady. A flat route which has great views across the Firth of Forth.
Starting point North Berwick, lots to see and do here. 2 great beaches, Seabird Centre with live cameras to the Bass Rock and other Forth islands. Several free car parks and public toilets. High Street full of great places to eat and shop. Follow High Street out towards Edinburgh along A198 towards Dirleton. Turn right into Dirleton. There is chance for a slight deviation if you want to see one of East Lothian’s loveliest beaches Yellow Craig, with views across to the island of Fidra complete with lighthouse and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island! Once back in Dirleton don’t forget to visit the Castle, complete with the longest herbaceous border in the world.
Turn off immediately next to the Open Arms Hotel and follow the road to the Estate Lodge and continue on the estate road all the way through until it meets back up with the A198 and into Gullane. Once in Gullane, a Golfer’s paradise with courses on either side of you including the famous Muirfield. You can again stop for drinks and snacks and again the beach at Gullane is fantastic so an ice cream break here is something to consider!
In the Main Street turn down past the old Smithy and past the children’s golf course (free) and follow the road towards Saltcoats Farm and Castle and link back onto the A198 and head towards Aberlady. Here you can take a wee circular route round the village and stop off for a coffee or head back towards North Berwick by a quiet road skirting past West Fenton and then a quick zip zag left then right across the B1345 (take care on this short section on the B1345) past the Fenton Barns Retail village, with farm shop and cafe and various shops.
Follow road signposted towards Kingston where you will see Fenton Tower, available to rent exclusively! And also home to Archie the inventor from the popular children’s series Balamory. In Kingston turn left down a narrow road towards Newhouse Farm, take care as only passing places available for cars on this stretch. But it’s downhill all the way back to North Berwick passing Gilsland Caravan Park, with panoramic views across to Fife! For more information and a route map visit www.visiteastlothian.org