Prestonpans to North Berwick

Prestonpans to North Berwick

Prestonpans to North Berwick
Beyond Prestonpans with its battle site and rich industrial heritage the route runs past the site where Cockenzie Power Station used to stand. It then heads off east to Seton Sands and lovely long beach views. Circumnavigating Kilspindie and Craigielaw golf courses, you'll arrive at the picturesque village of Aberlady. The bay is famed for its skeins of roosting Pink-footed Geese in winter, along with mixed flocks of plovers and waders. Be sure to stop at Dirleton Castle with its tranquil wooded grounds before heading north to Yellowcraig Beach and North Berwick’s well-serviced seaside town.

Path Quality

The going on this section is fairly easy on a variety of good surfaces: gravel, grass and tarmac, sandy paths through dunes, pavements and quiet roads, and you're never far from the sea and those wide open vistas. 

Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Port Seton, Longniddry, Gullane, Dirleton and North Berwick all provide toilets for members of the public.



Key things to note about this route section.

16.5 miles, 26 km
Average time to complete
5 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling

Points of interest

Yellowcraig Beach
Beach, dune and woodland site providing toilets, showers, barbeque area and children's play site.
Seton Collegiate Church
A beautiful ecclesiastical building attractively set among trees, Seton Collegiate Church has a 15th-century apse and chancel.
Scottish Seabird Centre
Discover the birds that make their home along East Lothian’s coastline, with boat trips out to visit the Bass Rock and the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets - voted BBC Countryfile Nature Reserve of the Year. There is also a great café making this an unmissable pit-stop on your journey!
Saltcoats Castle
A ruined courtyard castle from the 1500s (image courtesy of Stravaiging).
Prestonpans Railway Station
North Berwick Railway Station
Longniddry Railway Station
Longniddry Bents (beach)
Beach walks, wildflowers and bird-watching.
John Gray Centre
East Lothian’s archaeology, museum, archive & local history - all under one roof.
Gullane Bents (beach)
Vast, sandy beach good for picnics, kite surfing etc.
Gosford House
The seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast & parkland. Check the website for tour and event dates.
Drem Railway Station
Dirleton Castle
Dating back to 1240, this castle has grand gardens, a dovecot and a grim pit prison to explore.
Coastal Communities Museum
John Muir spent his childhood in the seaside town of Dunbar. Learn about the customs and livelihoods of the people who would have lived beside Muir in Dunbar and other East Lothian seaside villages.
Bass Rock
Home to the world's largest colony of northern gannets, boat trips are available from the Scottish Seabird Centre.
1722 Waggonway Museum
Museum dedicated to Scotland's first railway, the 1722 Tranent - Cockenzie Waggonway. Open at weekends only, 12-4pm.


Prestonpans' selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
North Berwick's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
North Berwick facilities
This website provides information on a wide range of facilities to be found in North Berwick
Longniddry's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
LAW CYCLES - Cycle hire and Services, North Berwick
01620 890643
Gullane's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Archerfield Walled Garden
With garden café, foodmarket, gift shop, bar & microbrewery
Aberlady's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.


Yellowcraig Caravan Club Site

Caravan & motorhome pitches
01620 850217

Williamstone Farm Steadings

Luxury accommodation for longer stays
01620 481107

The Store

01875 815737

The Folly Hotel

01620 895777

The Dean Bed and Breakfast

01875 853272

Seaholm B&B

01620 895150

Quadrant B&B

01620 892468

Prestonpans' Hotel and B&B Accommodation
North Berwick's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
North Berwick Holiday Homes

Local self catering accommodation listings

01620 893204

North Berwick Getaway

Selection of local apartments for rent

07739 749932

Milleur House B&B

01620 894689

Longniddry's Hotel and B&B Accommodation

0871 2301900

Gullane's Hotel and B&B Accommodation

01620 893790

Aberlady's Hotel and B&B Accommodation

01875 870666