The East Lothian coastline is one of Scotland’s underrated pleasures. A brisk walk along pristine beaches, followed by an ice cream or coffee on North Berwick’s charming seafront is a great way to spend a late autumn day.
Today’s Big Deal offers a relaxing trip to the seaside to enjoy the salt in the air, and the bracing breeze over the dunes in the full knowledge that you can wile away a relaxed evening in the comfort of the Macdonald Marine Hotel over dinner and a bottle of wine.
The Macdonald Marine Hotel is an elegant Victorian building with a fabulous coastal location. Rooms are individually-styled in classic designs. Prominent period features include high ceilings and large windows, creating an airy, relaxing environment.
The Big Deal offers an overnight stay for two with breakfast in a Classic room in the Macdonald Marine Hotel with a three course meal and a bottle of Prosecco in the room.
Stays are available from Sunday to Friday with a £20 supplement for Friday night stays and £40 for Saturdays.
There is the option to upgrade to an Executive room for £50 per night, subject to availability.
Take the kids
Pack the bucket and spade and bring the kids for a seaside treat. There is a supplement of £50 per night for children under 12 and food is paid for as taken. There is a maximum of 2 children per room.
This deal includes a three-course meal. The hotel’s Craigleith restaurant is an elegant space with plush red décor and great views of the Firth of Forth.
The menu puts a contemporary spin on traditional Scottish fare, using freshly-caught and locally cured fish and meticulously-sourced local beef. Typical menu items include potted shrimps, roast rump of lamb, a girolles and broad bean risotto, and monkfish curry.
See and do
North Berwick is close to the superb beaches of Yellowcraig, Belhaven Bay and Gullane Bents. The dramatic and fascinating Tantallon Castle overlooks the Firth from its promontory a scenic hour’s walk to the east.
North Berwick is the perfect destination for birdwatching, with the Scottish Seabird Centre on the waterfront and the world’s largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock.
Golfers will be in their element on this stretch of the coast, with around 20 championship courses within close proximity to the hotel.
Take a break from driving. North Berwick is a 30 minute train ride from Edinburgh Waverley, with regular hourly connections.
Visitors have given the Macdonald Marine Hotel plenty of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following:
‘Amazingly comfortable bed and lovely staff. Would highly recommend. The staff were highly welcoming and very helpful.’
‘The staff added special touches and we will definitely visit again. The room, leisure facilities and location are superb. Breakfast and dinner were excellent.’
This Big Deal offers a revitalising break on the East Lothian coast, perfect for keen birdwatchers or golfers. It would make a thoughtful surprise gift or birthday treat.