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9 Unmissable Attractions On Southeast Coast

Scotland’s Southeast Coast offers some of the finest attractions which will make your day out fabulous! It stretches out between North Berwick and Eyemouth.

It’s one of the richest areas of the UK’s coastline with stunning coastal views, secluded villages, unspoilt beaches and rich wildlife habitats to visit. Here are our favourite places!

Dirleton Castle


This Castle is a fascinating piece of history hidden from the main road. The Castle itself is great fun to look around.

It has brilliant access to many ruined rooms and you can get to the top of the main tower, where there are beautiful stunning views!

The formal terraced gardens are in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest herbaceous border in the world! Owned by Historic Environment Scotland.

Ticket cost for adult: £5.50, Child aged 5–15: £3.30, Child under 5: FREE, Concession: £4.40.

Tantallon Castle


Semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress spectacularly sited on a sheer-sided crag and surrounded by the sea on three sides.

The castle was a home to the Douglas family for centuries until it was destroyed in 1651.

Today, the dramatic location and the nearby Bass Rock provides a brilliant spot for photographers. Owned by Historic Environment Scotland.

Ticket cost Adult: £5.50, Child aged 5–15: £3.30, Child under 5: FREE, Concession: £4.40.

Preston Mill

Preston Mill

Preston Mill is the oldest water mill that has been restored to full working order.

It stands in an idyllic rural spot and dates from the 18th century in with lovely countryside walks nearby!

It’s cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

Adult: £6.50, Family: £16.50, 1 Parent: £11.50, Concession:

Belhaven Bay

Belhaven Bay

Belhaven Bay is a very glorious, extensive beach within the John Muir Country Park in Dunbar.

At low tide it provides space for all to enjoy whether you’re horse riding, dog walking, surfing or just playing on the beach.

Nearby is a  lovely cliff top walk by Dunbar which passes the harbour and ruined castle.

Facilities like toilets and free car parking are available.

Barns Ness Lighthouse

Barns Ness

Lighthouse at Barns Ness is 115 years old and now deactivated.

This seashore site is the best place in central Scotland to look for fossils in the limestone and shales.

The promontory of Barns Ness has traditionally attracted migrant birds, which look to rest after their hazardous crossing of the North Sea.

The daily charge will be £2 and this allows entry of one motor vehicle (the ticket is then valid at any of the beach East Lothian car parks for the rest of that day).

St Abbs Head

St Abbs

St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is a place for you if you looking for some dramatic landscape action.

This location offers a great circular walk with nice views and a place to watch thousands of nesting seabirds, In the middle of circular walk there’s a lovely lighthouse.

From the 1820’s, its foghorn was established at the Head in 1876, being the first audible fog signal in Scotland. Keep in mind that car park charge cost £2.



There’s something for everyone in Eyemouth.

It is a largest town of Berwickshire and a fishing port with long tradition of crowning the Herring Queen during Herring Queen festival in July with first one picked back in 1939.

There’s also a beach and a walk up the cliffs offering some panoramic views over the town.

Eyemouth have some of the best fish and chips places and the best ice cream places in Scotland.

North Berwick

North Berwick

While traveling through Southeast coast of Scotland, you cannot miss out on North Berwick.

This vivid seaside town has two sandy beaches, beautiful harbour and Seabird Centre.
If you’re up for some hillwalking,  Berwick Law is just minutes away from the centre.

The summit is crowned by the famous whale jawbones that have been there for decades.

Coldingham Bay

Coldingham Bay

Just a few kilometres from the unforgiving cliff faces of St Abbs Head lies the mesmerising Coldingham Bay.

The beach has received widespread acclaim for its underdevelopment and water quality – the Marine Conservation Society persistently awards the beach it’s highest honour for water quality.

Coldingham Bay is everything you could want and more from a beach.
Facilities include parking, toilets and a cafe.

Lifeguards are in force on the beach in the summer months. It’s always great to watch surfers challenge massive waves here.

Thanks to Andrew from Scenic Strathclyde for writing about beloved Coldingham Bay.

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