The Beach Guide

West Bay (North Berwick)

West Bay (North Berwick) - Lothian

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West Bay is a sandy beach close to the seaside town of North Berwick. It has excellent views over the Firth of Forth, 12th Century North Berwick Harbour and Craigleth and Bass Rocks, both of which are about a mile from the coast. It is ideal for paddling, sun bathing, walking and picnics. Behind the beach there is a putting green and the North Berwick Golf Club is found to the west of the beach.

There is plenty of roadside parking near to the beach along Beach Road, with access to the beach via a short path over the putting green.

The picturesque harbour sits at the eastern end of the beach. Here you will also find the Scottish Seabird Centre, which provides information about wildlife in the area. It is possible to take boat trips out to the seabird sanctuary on Bass Rock.

North Berwick town centre has plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and places to stay. A regular train to and from Edinburgh runs from nearby North Berwick Station.

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    • Pier

    Nearest town

    North Berwick


    EH39 4JQ

    OS grid ref.

    NT 5527 8540

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