North Berwick Travel Guide

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  • North Berwick
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  • North Berwick
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North Berwick Things to Do

  • Scottish Seabird Centre

    We stopped off at the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick on our way to Berwick on Tweed. It’s a place to relax, to see some of the best wildlife available and to learn about seabirds and living treasures of the ocean. Visitors can reach the centre by bus, car or train from Edinburgh, which is about thirty minutes away. The Centre is a...

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  • 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, cormorants. By turning knobs you can adjust the views. There are also a few...

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  • Beaches

    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.

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  • 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 has been a whale bone here since the 18th century). It's a major target...

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  • 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 17th century, much of the church collapsed into the sea. The entrance porch...

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  • Harbour

    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.

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  • golf

    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...

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  • the beach

    It has 2 sandy beaches, one either side of the harbour. Both are great at any time of year. See photos - speak louder than words...

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  • Dirleton castle

    Actually, this castle doesn't have anything special, it is in ruins like any other castle in scotland. If you are near there and you have some time you can visit it anyway. It stays in a nice park and it looks great even in ruins

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  • Tantallon Castle

    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...

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  • Dirleton Castle Doocot

    A very complete doocot, or dovecote in a beehive style design, complete with stone nesting boxes around the inside. Situated in the grounds of the castle.It is in the care of Historic ScotlandOS Ref. - NT 516 839Admission charge £3.30 for Adults (castle)

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  • Dirleton Castle

    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...

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North Berwick Hotels

  • The Nether Abbey

    It's had more reinventions than Ozzy and Michael Jackson put together, but retains a certain charm...

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  • No. 12 Quality Street

    12 Quality Street, North Berwick, EH39 4HP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Seaholm B&B

    24 Melbourne Road, North Berwick, EH39 4LB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

North Berwick Restaurants

  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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 seaside, I am sure that is no surprise to anyone - however I am...

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  • 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 butter or cream , and jam. All were equally dekicious.

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  • 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 liked was that the nan bread (included in the price - at least the plain...

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  • 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. A word of warning - they're retiring and the place is on the market.They...

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North Berwick Nightlife

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    by deizio Written Jul 19, 2004

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    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.

    Quarterdeck Bar, North Berwick
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Golf
    • Road Trip

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North Berwick Transportation

  • getting there

    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)

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  • Train

    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.

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  • North Berwick Hotels

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North Berwick Warnings and Dangers

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    by deizio Written Jul 19, 2004

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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.

    Mike (on the left)

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North Berwick Off The Beaten Path

  • Tantallon Castle

    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...

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  • 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 beach from the town heading east before climbing quite steeply to the side of...

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North Berwick Sports & Outdoors

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    by leffe3 Written Nov 8, 2002

    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.

    this would test your handicap

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North Berwick Favorites

  • Tantallon Castle

    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.

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  • 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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