So, we found ourselves at a family party in Edinburgh on a rather splendid Sunday afternoon. And, as we didn’t have to be home until the following Thursday, we decided to follow the coast from Edinburgh to Berwick.
We took the A199 from Edinburgh towards Portobello and Musselburgh. As it was Sunday and a sunny afternoon, Portobello was quite busy so we decided to give Copley’s Bar at Portobello a miss and head for Musselburgh Harbour.
Again, it was very busy so we decided to continue on through Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Port Seton and Aberlady. It was a very pleasant drive with lovely views both over the countryside and out over the Firth of Forth. We eventually ended up in North Berwick where we turned off the main road down the quadrant and right onto Marine Parade.
If you follow Marine Parade all the way down to the end you find a lay-by on the left which is suitable for overnight parking. But if you continue on, up a wee hill, you find a lovely little gravelled area with stunning views out to Bass Rock. As it was still quite busy, we decided to pack up in the lay-by and enjoy the views accompanied by lovely cup of tea.
A little later, when things had quietened down, we drove up the wee hill and found a perfect place to pitch up for the night with a stunning view out towards Bass Rock. Our two dogs and a great time running up and down the grassy banks and chasing through the long grass. We enjoyed a leisurely supper accompanied by the obligatory bottle of wine and settle down to watch the wildlife and the passing ships.
We awoke to a dull and rainy morning, enjoyed a relaxed breakfast, did a wee bit of housekeeping, including picking up litter left by some youngsters who had obviously enjoyed a fish supper. We then continued along the A198 with a relatively short ride down into Dunbar Harbour where we parked up in the main car park, had a quick lunch and set off to explore.
Dunbar Harbour has a fascinating history, as you walk around you will see little information boards that provide quite detailed information on the history of the harbour and how it is progressed through various phases. Be sure to take some time to visit the battery which has been recently upgraded with a lovely garden area and outdoor auditorium.
Having spent most of the afternoon exploring the harbour and watching the boats come and go, we decided to stay the night. If you follow the road alongside the harbour towards the Leisure Centre, you’ll find a raised area with ample parking for several motorhomes. We had a lovely view over the harbour and out to sea. There were another couple of motorhomes staying overnight and we managed to blether with another couple from Scotland and a couple from Holland. As you can see, it was a stunning evening!
The next morning we decided to move on and, after topping up our fresh water tank from a conveniently located tap next to the harbour, we set off for St Abbs. We stuck to the back roads and managed to avoid joining the busy A1.
The approach to St Abbs Harbour is very narrow and very steep and it needs to be treated with care. Having safely arrived at the bottom of the hill we found a spot with an excellent view out to sea. Parking cost £1.00 per hour and, should you wish to stay overnight (6pm to 8am) you can pay the £10 fee at the Harbour Master’s Office. Our waste tank and cassette were both quite full so after exploring the harbour for 2-3 hours and drying off two very wet dogs we decided to head to the Caravan & Motorhome Club Site at Berwick-on-Tweed to make use of their excellent facilities.
All in all we had an excellent wee trip and made our way home at a leisurely pace through Etal (Where we popped into the delightful Lavender Tea Room), Coldstream, Gordon and Lauder. Arriving back in time to do our democratic duty and cast our votes in the General Election the following morning.