North Berwick Travel Guide
Scottish Sea Bird Centre
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,...
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...
North Berwick Law
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...
Ruins of the Parish Kirk
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...
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...
The Nether Abbey
1 Review and 124 Opinions It's had more reinventions than Ozzy and Michael Jackson put together, but retains a certain charm...
Tiger Coast: Indian Restaurant
It was a surprise to find this restaurant so close to our hotel. We went in at around 19.00 and left at about 20.30. The service was great and food was excellent.It seemed to be busy, however it was the Jubilee weekend so may have been the start of a lot of business.
Westgate Gallery: Morning Coffee and Cake
We called into the Westgate for coffee before travelling onto Edinburgh for the day. It was certainly quite bright and full of atmosphere - lots of Diamond Jubilee activities and cakes!
Try a cheese scone!
No.12 Quality Stret: Dessert and Coffee
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 Orangery: art, gifts an meals
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...
Tiger Coast: yummee Indian
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...
Bass Rock Bistro: excellent
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....
Quarterdeck Bar (QD to those in the know): Live fast, die alone at the QD...
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.
Written Jul 19, 2004
Address: The High Street / Westgate, North Berwick.
- Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Road Trip
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...
The easiest way to get to North Berwick from Edinburgh is by train - approx 30 minutes from Waverley Station.Buses from Edinburgh run along the shoreline of the Firth of Forth, but with several stops can take approx 1 hour.
Michael George Waldron (Waldo) Day
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.
Written Jul 19, 2004
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...
North Berwick -Tantallon Coastal Walk
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...
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.
Written Nov 8, 2002
Tantallon Castle is approximately 4 miles from North Berwick. You can reach it easily by car, bus or walk along the coastal path.
Perched on the clifftops, its location is magnificent.
The Firth of Forth
The town is located on the tip of the Firth of Forth
Those fish & chips after the long trek out to Tantallon Castle.
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