16E Melbourne Road – Puffin’s Palace

Affordable luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment on the beach, sleeps up to 6 people, perfect for families and groups, newly renovated with all the comforts of home, walk to the Scottish Seabird Centre, tennis, sailing and golf courses.
• 2 double bedrooms, sleeps 4, option of either super king or twin beds, children’s double bunk bedroom, can be combined with sister property next door for larger groups
• 2 bathrooms (master with en-suite)
• Travel cot available
• Lounge: seating for 6 people, large screen TV, games machine, DVD player, selection of films, selection of music, selection of board games/toys
• Dining area: seating for 6 people
• Well-equipped kitchen with washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, cooker and range of small appliances
• Wi-Fi
• Gas central heating


I’ve been visiting Scotland annually from Honolulu, Hawaii for the past six years. In those six years, I have repeatedly stayed in North Berwick for five those. I was searching for a place to stay in the eastern coastal area of Scotland and stumbled upon North Berwick. During that search I found Puffins Lookout & Palace. I immediately liked the apartment and location. I wrote to the owner (John O’Brien) requesting for a booking and quote for my dates, he immediately responded and the rest is history.

I chose North Berwick because of Puffins Lookout & Palace location right along the beach, John makes the checking in and out so convenient and his personality is so easy going and likable. When I entered the apartment I immediately felt like it was my home away from home. The view, the coziness and size of the place, the amenities, and the welcoming gift are my main reasons for returning and never looking elsewhere. The town location is just a short and scenic walk to get groceries and restaurants. Every morning when I awake I sit at the bay window drinking my coffee or tea and take in my view of the sea. It motivates me to get out every day to walk along the beach and talk to the locals.

The town is quaint and has everything I may need or want in a vacation. The Cafe’s, Restaurant and Pubs are charming and when the owners or staff realize that I am a lone traveler they make the effort to sit down, chat and give me pointers of their little town. That and my flat are the reasons why I return to North Berwick every year for “My Me Time”. When I return from my trip, my husband child and friends see the affect it has on me that they encourage and support these “Me Times”.

People ask me all time why Scotland? My response every time is….when I first landed in Edinburgh I felt I was finally HOME (and this is coming from a girl born and raised in Guam and Hawaii).

My thanks to John and Scotland 🙂
Much Mahalo,
Joan Ciano

August 2017 – Room with a view – meets all expectations!
Stayed in this wonderful apartment for a week and had a terrific break. The flat is very well equipped, comfortable and light. The sea view has to be experienced to appreciate it and it is great to watch the changing seascape but also to take the 2 minute walk downstairs and across the beach. We swam and paddled in the sea, and enjoyed lovely walks in and around North Berwick. John is an efficient and thoughtful host, very personal service and great attention to admin and detail. Such a pleasurable stay that we have already booked 2 weeks for next year!

September 2017 – Great location for golfers!
We (two couples) booked Puffin’s Palace for our second week of our golf trip to Scotland. Not only is the view of the sea outstanding but Puffin’s Palace is centrally located between the North Berwick West Links Golf Course and Glen Golf Course. Both are a reasonable walking distance from from the apartment. Additionally the shops and restaurants are just a short walk away. While we were there we took the train into Edinburgh for a day and the walk to the train station was just a short walk past the shopping area. We also had a rental car on our trip to enable us to drive to golf courses we scheduled to play. Even though the beach is a busy area, especially during weekends in the summer, we were always able to find a space to park near the apartment.

Everything we’d read about Puffin’s Palace and John’s hospitality and availability is what we experienced while we were there. It’s clear why John and Puffin’s Palace is truly an award winning place to stay and experience!