Auldhame East Lothian

Auldhame was a village just outside North Berwick, which was close to Tantallon Castle.

There is no village now but the area retains its name but is now part of the Seacliff Estate.

The area has a Gin Distillery, two beaches Seacliff and Canty Bay, a cave, castle ruins and an equestrian centres.  

St Baldred’s’ Cave situated beside Seacliff Beach was discovered circa 1830 but was said to have been a retreat where

St Baldred would spend time in isolation circ 740 AD. 

Seacliffe Beach 

Seacliff beach is a great place to spend the day. A safe golden sand beach, plenty of places to explore with a small harbour and great views of Tantallon Castle and the East coast.

 
Seacliffe Beach Auldhame East Lothian Scotland

St Baldred's Boat East Lothian

St Baldred's Boat id a rocky outcrop on the east coast of Scotland at Seacliffe Beach. Standing on the rocks is a tower with a cross to warn of ships  of the mainland rocks.

Seacliff Beach St Baldred's Boat East Lothian Scotland

St Baldred’s’ Cave

St Baldred’s’ Cave at Seacliff Beach was discovered in 1830 by the owner of Seacliff House, George Sligo. Thought to have been used in the Iron Age as there was broken pottery. The cave was said to be used by St Baldred circa 740 AD.    

St Baldred's Cave Seacliff  East Lothian

Seacliffe Harbour East Lothian

The harbour at the north end of Seacliffe Beach is unique as it was carved out of the rocks in 1890 by Andrew Laidley, the then owner of the House and lands.  He used a steam engine with  compressed air to cut through the rocks.

The harbour is still in use today.

Seacliffe Harbour Auldhame East Lothian

Auldhame Castle

Auldhame Tower is now a ruin that stands in woodland that overlooks Seacliffe Beach The Tower built circa 1495 is link with Sir Adam Otterburn of Redhall. He was King's advocate and a diplomat.

Tantallon Castle East Lothian

“The Ghost of Tantallon Castle” as all old Castles and houses the proverbial ghost is always in the wings so always be aware of strange winds and noises. There is doubt of when and who built the Castle but from records it is said that Tantallon Castle was the last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland, Tantallon comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs. With mentions of a castle prior to 1360. The Castle was attacked on many occasions. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, and again by his successor James V in 1528, when extensive damage was done. Tantallon saw action in the First Bishops’ War in 1639, and again during Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in 1651, when it was bombarded by Cromwell’s troops and finally after a long battle the Castle was surrendered to Cromwell and abandoned and has never been used since.

 
Tantallon Castle Auldhame East Lothian
Tantallon Castle Drawbridge East Lothian

Tantallon Castle

Do'cot East Lothian

“The Ghost of Tantallon Castle” as all old Castles and houses the proverbial ghost is always in the wings so always be aware of strange winds and noises. There is doubt of when and who built the Castle but from records it is said that Tantallon Castle was the last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland, Tantallon comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs. With mentions of a castle prior to 1360. The Castle was attacked on many occasions. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, and again by his successor James V in 1528, when extensive damage was done. Tantallon saw action in the First Bishops’ War in 1639, and again during Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in 1651, when it was bombarded by Cromwell’s troops and finally after a long battle the Castle was surrendered to Cromwell and abandoned and has never been used since.

Tantallon Castle Do'cot Auldhame East Lothian

Gin Head East Lothian

AGin Head is a stunning peninsula with magnificent views of the Forth of Forth estuary and North Sea. The base was built in 1943 by the Admiralty as a signals and radar base but now abandoned. Tantallon Castle stands on the next point which gives Gin Head the best view of the ancient Castle ruins.

 
Gin Head Point North Berwick East Lothian

Canty Bay East Lothian

This small golden sand bay and is  linked with Robert Louis Stevenson and William McGonagall

 
Canty Bay Beach East Lothian

NB Gin Distillery

Auldhame North Berwick

East Lothian

Steve and Viv Muir, Owners of NB Distillery started they journey in their kitchen, the old way of distilling. Once the correct formula was made from the correctly source produce and water they moved to a unit which became their first distillery. Now NB Gin is known worldwide and our latest product Golden Rum is not to be missed.

 
Auldhame Gin Distillery Still Auldhame N
Auldhame          NB Gin Distillery Audh

Tantallon Castle Harbour 

Auldhame North Berwick

East Lothian

The area between Gin Point and Tantallon Castle was once a small harbour and boats would bring supplies to the Castle Food gunpowder and weapons. There was a pier (jetty) for Tantallon Castle at the base of the castle rock. This is also where Cromwell had his ships anchored and bombard the castle from the sea while his troops attacked from the land.   

Gin Head Point Tantallon Castle Harbour North Berwick East Lothian

The Bass Rock North Berwick One of the natural wonders of the modern world with a lighthouse and ruined Castle

The white in the photo are birds nesting.

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