Aaran Luxury Apartments

Aaran Haven & Gullane Luxury Self-Catering

As part of our Firth of Forth focus, this month’s Holiday Home Spotlight highlights holiday accommodation in the scenic East Lothian region, in and near the seaside town of North Berwick.

The charming town of North Berwick is less than an hour from Edinburgh and the area is known for its lovely beaches and top golf courses.  If you’re looking for accommodation in the heart of North Berwick, Aaran Haven offers deluxe 5 star self-catering close to the famous North Berwick West Golf Course.  The accommodation is located in the upper floor of a restored period property, built in 1880, with three spacious bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, bathroom and two shower rooms, plus a small child-safe garden.


A ten minute drive west along the coast leads to the pretty coastal village of Gullane, with its stunning stretch of beach.  The 5 star Gullane Apartments are situated in the same building; one apartment sleeping 2-4 guests and the other sleeping 4-6.  Both apartments are furnished to the highest standard and are ideal for families and couples.  Gullane is also an ideal base for keen golfers, with 10 courses in a 5 mile radius.


Area Highlights

Local must-sees 

If you’re holidaying in the North Berwick area you must visit the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre, with its Discovery Centre and seasonal boat trips; Tantallon Castle, the 14th century fortress ruins perched above the Firth of Forth; Scotland’s national aviation museum, The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, where you can see Concorde; and Bass Rock, home to a large colony of gannets.


Bass Rock, photo credit Graeme Pow

Favourite walk

I love walking from the harbour in North Berwick to Yellowcraig along the beach, a great way to soak up the beauty of the Firth of Forth.  Yellowcraig is a beautiful blue flag beach, with gorgeous views to Fidra Island and its lighthouse (said to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island).

Lesser-known attractions

Seacliff Beach is a little-known corner of East Lothian five miles east of North Berwick.  This lovely beach has views to Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock, plus a tiny harbour (it costs £2 if you’re travelling to the beach by car).  Also, make sure you climb up North Berwick Law, a hill close to the centre of town with a whalebone arch and spectacular views across the East Lothian countryside and over the Firth of Forth to Fife.

A great local cafe

My favourite cafe is The Zanzibar in North Berwick, which serves great coffee and is the perfect place to read the newspapers.

Other tips

Near Gullane you’ll find the Aberlady Nature Reserve, the first local nature reserve in the UK.  You can walk through the reserve to the beach and onto Gullane Point.  Nearby Gullane Bents is a wonderful blue flag sandy beach, with beautiful views of the Firth of Forth.


What makes East Lothian an ideal holiday destination

Not only is East Lothian a golfer’s paradise, it’s ideal for sailing, cycling and walking.  It still has lovely individual shops, restaurants, galleries and bars yet it’s only 25 minutes by train into the heart of Edinburgh.


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