Belhaven Bay


Belhaven, or 'beautiful harbour', is about right for this glorious sweep of sand, which arcs beside open sea for nearly 2 miles on the fringes of John Muir Country Park west of Dunbar. Known for its surfing, it's backed by the park's romantic tableau of sand dunes, salt marsh and woodlands (where you'll also find facilities like a play park and barbecue stoves). Crossing a stream at its eastern end is the 'Bridge to Nowhere', photogenically marooned at high tide.

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1. John Muir's Birthplace

1.13 MILES

This excellent interactive museum pays rousing tribute to Dunbar native John Muir (1838–1914), better known as a pioneer conservationist and the father of…

2. Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

1.16 MILES

This turreted 16th-century town house is home to a small museum outlining Dunbar's history and points of interest, and a gallery exhibiting the work of…

3. Seacliff Beach

4.92 MILES

No, you haven't stepped into a landscape painting – just onto Seacliff Beach, a pristine sweep of sand with views of bird-thronged Bass Rock and majestic…

4. Tantallon Castle

5.54 MILES

Perched on a cliff 3 miles east of North Berwick is the spectacular ruin of Tantallon Castle. Built around 1350, the red-sandstone fortress was the…

5. Scottish Seabird Centre

7.82 MILES

Top marks to the bright spark who came up with the idea for this centre, an ornithologist's paradise that uses remote-control video cameras sited on Bass…

6. St Mary's Parish Church

9.41 MILES

Rising cathedral tall beside the River Tyne is St Mary's, the largest parish church in Scotland. Founded in 1380, the structure took nearly 100 years to…

7. Dirleton Castle


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8. Yellowcraig

9.92 MILES

A broad sandy cove fringed by dunes, meadows and woodland, Yellowcraig looks out to the island of Fidra and its Victorian lighthouse (the inspiration for…