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 walks, wildflowers and bird-watching.
John Gray Centre
The John Gray Centre is a hub of cultural activity for everyone to enjoy, from family history research to discovering more about the general locality. It also provides the first East-Lothian wide museum, dedicated to telling the story of the people of the county. Alongside the museum you'll find the local history centre and archives, with a comfortable reading room where you can browse the collections held in the state-of-the-art on-site archive store, and get help from the knowledgeable history team.
Gullane Bents ( beach)
Vast, sandy beach good for picnics, kite surfing etc.
Gosford House
Gosford, the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland in East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth and close to the celebrated golf courses of Muirfield, Gullane and Craigielaw. There are occasional open days.
Dirleton Castle
Castle ruin managed by Historic Scotland.
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
You can get here by boat from North Berwick or on a trip from the Scottish Seabird Centre.


Prestonpans' selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
North Berwick's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
North Berwick facilities
A website giving 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
A Garden Café serving imaginative and delicious menus throughout the day; a Foodmarket offering the very best of local produce, with freshly prepared sandwiches, pies, cakes and coffees with your choice to sit in or take away; a Gift Shop with a fabulous range of products covering homewares, kids, beauty, fashion, cards and of course fairies; a relaxing bar where you can try our famous Archerfield Craft Ales and a microbrewery making beer on site to savour at our bar or take home.
Aberlady's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.



01620 850217

Tantallon Caravan Park

01620 893348

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