The centre lies beside the harbour, with a good view of Bass Rock. The entry fee to the centre is quite expensive. The first olace you see is the gift shop, and then you go down steps to reach the exhibits. These are mainly videos of the various birds - gannets, puffins, cormorants. By turning knobs you can adjust the views. There are also a few...more
Hard to believe it (especially when the tide is out), but the main reasoning behind the development of North Berwick as a seaside destination in the late 19th century is the beaches - both east and west. They are wonderful but not the most spectacular - great views across the Firth of Forth.more
At 613 feet (187 metres), this volcanic plug dominates the surrounding flat landscape. Needless to say, it has been used for centuries as a lookout/protection from the Iron Ages. There was, recently, a whale bone atop the summit (and had been there since 1933, although there has been a whale bone here since the 18th century). It's a major target...more
St Andrews Kirk was built in 1177 near to the oldest part of the Harbour, although excavations have shown that a Christian settlement was sited here in the 8th century. Enlarged in the 14th century, it was the site of the North Berwick Witch Trials. Following a storm in the 17th century, much of the church collapsed into the sea. The entrance porch...more
The location is lovely, the beaches are pleasant and, being a fishing village and so close to Edinburgh, it has become a favourite place for 'messing about on boats'. But for those who do not have the luxury of messing about on the water, walking round the tiny walled harbour is pleasurable in itself.more
This is close to an obsession here in East Lothian. I'm not sure how many courses you will find within 10 miles of NB, but it could be double figures.There are 2 in my parents' tiny village.www.craigielawgolfclub.comThere are 5 in nearby Gullane - Muirfield (which often hosts the British Open) is one of them. The Gullane Club has 3 courses and 2...more
It was the first catle we visited in Scotland. Many Castle over there are in ruins (english destroyed about them all). This one is in ruin too but you can't miss it because it's a really wonderful place: the castle is on the sea and sorrounded by green grass and fields. We bought a special ticket to visit many castles in scotland, if you're...more
Dirleton Castle has existed in some form since 1100. First as a Motte and Bailey Norman castle (the earthwork is still visible)The stone fortress dates back to 1298.The Ruthven family took control in 1515 and extended the castle, and held king James VI prisoner there.the castle has also been long famous for its gardens, both formal and...more
On a raised position overlooking the Firth of Forth, Tantallon Castle was one of the greatest fortresses of Renaissance Scotland. It had a 15m high, 4m wide curtain wall, a deep ditch in front, and was cut into solid rock protected by flanking towers.Tantallon Castle ws begun in 1350, the seat of the Red Douglas Earls of Angus.the castle was the...more
It's had more reinventions than Ozzy and Michael Jackson put together, but retains a certain charm...more
12 Quality Street, North Berwick, EH39 4HP, United Kingdom
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24 Melbourne Road, North Berwick, EH39 4LB, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
After a day in Edinburgh, we made our way back to North Berwick, enjoyed the sunshine and then called into No 12 Quality Street for coffee and dessert.It was a pleasant place, however I have to say that there was an incredibly strong smell of fish and seafood. As we were by the seaside, I am sure that is no surprise to anyone - however I am...more
The Cafe is situated in a Gift shop and art gallery.We wanted a cup of tea and something to eat, so ordered scones.Other people were tucking in to delicious looking meals.The surroundings were interesting and the service was fast. We ordered scones. plain or fruit, with butter or cream , and jam. All were equally dekicious.more
Liked the decor in here - not your typical Indo-Pak style. Sunday (when I was there) they have a buffet for £9.95 p-p. Exactly right for me, as it enabled me to try a couple of things. The choice was not huge, but certainly enough to keep me happy and great value.One thing I liked was that the nan bread (included in the price - at least the plain...more
We just stumbled on this place while I was helping a friend on a house hunting trip. Turned out really good.We both had mussels - you can choose 1kg or 2kg - and 4 different recipes. I had the marinière. Loved it.Owners are friendly and helpful - OK, it was quiet. But still. A word of warning - they're retiring and the place is on the market.They...more
A local bar for local people. It really has nothing going for it apart from the location and the fact it's the only place you're going to find any kind of lively crown in NB. Outsiders are generally tolerated, even left alone, but the close knit (did somebody say incestuous?) community of teenies, boy racers and middle class university kids home for the holidays is the main people watching attraction. Not cheap, figure on at least 2.50 for a pint of Wife Beater (Stella).
Dress Code: HA! Just don't come in dressed like a golfer or you will be stripped, shaved and tarred and feathered on the pool table. Try the Nether Abbey if you're unable to change out of your plus fours after tackling the links.
NB is at the end of a commuter line to/from Edinburgh, so its easy to access from the city and elsewhere in Scotland. I haven't checked, but I'd expect the journey time from Edinburgh to be about 30/40 minutes (depending on wind direction & other weather etc factors which afflict the UK railway network)more
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The guy in the picture is the afore mentioned Mike G W Day, aka Spike Gay, Pricele$$, Magic Mike and various others I can't mention in a family friendly environment. He will undoubtedly tell his friends he has slept with you (if you're female and of above average attractiveness), or sleep with you and lie about your appearance (if you're an ugly female).
He's also my best mate and I love him to pieces.
Tantallon is a dramatically located castle on the coast. Pinkish red sandstone, the castle sits atop the cliffs with sheer drops on three side.The location is more impressive than the ruins themselves, with only the curtain walls (50 feet high) of the Gate House remaining relatively intact, but nevertheless can still provide an hour or two's...more
From the Harbour to Tantallon Castle 4 miles away you can undertake the most glorious coastal walk - at least almost! The path runs out one bay from the castle - you must climb over a fence and a gate on a farm to the road to complete the journey. The path traverses the beach from the town heading east before climbing quite steeply to the side of...more
It being Scotland, of course you can play golf. There are 2 courses, both on the shoreline. The eastern golf course is the most dramatically located.
Equipment: I'm not into it myself, so can't help.