Canty Bay

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The bay as high tide begins to recede.

Canty Bay is a coastal hamlet off the A198, in East Lothian, Scotland, situated opposite the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle. Settlements nearby include Auldhame, Scoughall, Seacliff, and the Peffer Sands.

The Glen Golf Club is close to its western side, and to the east there are high coastal cliffs. There are two beaches separated by a rocky headland. The western beach is uninhabited and accessible by two paths that descend the grass covered cliffs from the eastern end of the Glen golf course. The eastern beach is by the hamlet.

This former fishing hamlet has been immortalised by William McGonagall in his poem Beautiful North Berwick and its surroundings. The Canty Bay Inn offered hospitality to the many tourists who came to see the Rock. The tenant of the Rock was usually also the innkeeper.

The William Edgar Evans Charitable Trust maintains a house and two cottages for use by Scout and Guide troops.

Dolphins can be seen at Canty Bay and from the Scottish Seabird Centre.

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Coordinates: 56°03′N 2°39′W / 56.050°N 2.650°W / 56.050; -2.650