North Berwick East Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Scottish Coastal Path SSSI Dog friendly Seaside award Seaside award

Season: summer

The receding tide had filled the lido on the beach at East Bay, which is also known as Milsey Bay.  It was full of paddling children, with the shallow sea water warmed by hot summer sun.  Blue skies framed the enormous Bass Rock and its gannet colony offshore.  I chatted to Noelle about the role of the Scottish Seabird Centre and the learned about the boat trips that visitors can enjoy, to see the birds close up.  Summer had arrived in North Berwick.

Summer visit photo gallery


Noelle’s eulogy to this beach and her workplace.


East Bay’s position in North Berwick, as seen from the headland between the two beaches.

Season: winter

This is an expansive beach, affording fine views of Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth.  The rocks by the beach have a pool cut into them for paddling, so it’s a safe family destination.  With a picturesque harbour nearby and boats to take people out from the Sea Bird Centre to Bass Rock, there’s plenty to enjoy for every visitor to this part of East Lothian.

Winter visit photo gallery


Watching future generations at East Bay.


In the teeth of the wind, at East Bay in North Berwick.

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