East Coast Five Day / Four Night Tour

East Coast Five Day / Four Night Tour

Day 1

M80/A720/A1/A198 Glasgow to North Berwick staying at Tantallon Caravan and Camping Park on the outskirts of the town. The Park sits high on the banks of the Firth of Forth overlooking the Bass Rock and the Fife coast beyond and is an ideal base to explore this popular seaside town. The site has a small shop and a designated play area for children.

Stop off at Rosslyn Chapel made famous in recent years by Dan Brown’s book subsequent film ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Situated 4.6 miles south of the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass follow the signs A703 Peebles. Thereafter follow the A701/B7003 to Chapel Loan, Roslin. The guided tour a is well worth doing and offers an insight into the chapel’s interesting history.

Day 2

North Berwick.

From the Caravan Park take a walk on the public access footpath through the golf course and down into the town itself, with spectacular views along the Forth as you descend, the path takes you past the outdoor sea pool and Scottish Seabird Centre on your right. The Harbour is home to a vibrant sailing club and small craft are seen regularly out on the water. Fresh seafood is also available from small outdoor stalls around the harbor walls. The town itself has a good choice of restaurants and coffee shops to suit every taste and a variety of independent shops to suit every pocket.

The long wide beach is dotted with benches overlooking the sea and parallel is one of two 18 hole putting greens, popular with both young and old alike.

A walk back to the campsite via the 17th century ruins of Old St. Andrew's Church takes you to the second putting green sited alongside the Tennis Club.

And should you wish to venture further afield, there are several interesting places to visit within a short drive of North Berwick.

The Luxury Hotel, Fenton Tower in North Berwick was used as Archie’s Castle in the BBC Children’s TV Programme, Balamory.

Day 3 

A1 North Berwick to Berwick upon Tweed

This historic town 2 miles south of the Scottish border in England has changed hands between Scotland and England no fewer than 14 times in its past. Built on the banks of the River Tweed, the town has several distinctive features including two spectacular bridges, castle, barracks and an almost intact town wall. A walk round the walls takes about 45 minutes and give excellent views of the town, river and surrounding countryside. Free parking is available at several sites in and around the town including alongside the Castle and Ramparts. Most free parking sites are short stay between 2 and 3 hours maximum.

Although there are many other campsites in the area, we enjoyed our stay at Ord House Country Park. Approximately 1.6 miles from the town centre the caravan site is set in 44 acres of beautiful parkland and offers the opportunity for you to experience excellent facilities in a tranquil setting. Just the place to recharge your batteries!

En route why not stop off at Eyemouth Harbour. You can buy fish to feed the seals who often come into the harbour to be fed. A great experience for adults and children alike.

Day 4

Berwick upon Tweed to Melrose Via B6460 and A6105.

Staying at Melrose Gibson Park Caravan Club Site is short walk from the market town with a variety of independent shops and businesses and lovely restaurants and pubs. The famous Selkirk Bannock and Borders lamb is a must for foodies.

The town itself, is the birthplace of Rugby Sevens and is located next, to the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders. 

The famous ruins of Melrose Abbey, the burial ground of Scottish Kings and nobles was chosen by Robert the Bruce as the final resting place for his heart.  The lead container was found during excavations in 1921 and again in 1998.  The Abbey is one of six abbeys on the Borders Abbeys Way walk. 

Other border towns include Kelso, Selkirk and Galashields, once famous for their role in Scotland’s woolen industry.

Day 5

A707/A72 Melrose to Glasgow via Peebles and/or New Lanark

Peebles is situated on the banks of the River Tweed and has public walkways on both side of the river providing the opportunity to stroll or sit at the riverside. The town itself was once an important contributor to the textile industry and boasts a wide range of independent shops and cafes.

The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, golf and the start of the John Buchan Way popular with walkers. The story of Scottish novelist John Buchan, author of the Thirty-Nine Steps, can be accessed in the Museum in the High Street.

Lanark is a historic market town in the Clyde Valley and is one of the oldest royal burghs in Scotland.

On the outskirts of the town the New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site and Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village founded in the 18th century by social pioneer Robert Owen. The Annie Mcleod Experience dark ride tells the life story of a young mill worker in 1820. The site also includes examples of Millworkers’ Houses in the 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and Working Textile Machinery. The site has been beautifully restored as a living community and offers an excellent day out for all the family.