North Berwick East Bay

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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 the 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 learned about the boat trips to see the birds close up that visitors can enjoy.  Summer had arrived in North Berwick.

Summer visit photo gallery


Noelle’s eulogy to this beach and to 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 visitor 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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