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North Berwick

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North Berwick is a town in The Lothians region of Scotland.

North Berwick shore

Get in[edit]


First Scotrail[1] operate an hourly train service to North Berwick from Edinburgh Waverley station, making the journey in 33 minutes - one of the fastest 'commuter' routes in the country, reaching 90mph in places. If you're planing to visit the Seabird centre there are inclusive packages available including rail fares and entry to the centre - if you're not but are travelling with children, then they can two kids travel free with each adult on off-peak fares.


North Berwick is signposted from the main A1 trunk road, between Edinburgh and Dunbar.

Get around[edit]

North Berwick's attractions are within walking distance of the railway station.


Tantallon Castle[2], a 14th Century fortress, spectacularly located on a clifftop promontory 3 miles to the south of the town. Mar-Sep open 7 days 0930 - 1730. Winter opening hours 0930 - 1630. Closed Thu and Fri in winter. Admission £4.70 adult, £3.70 conc, £2.35 child.


Bass Rock

Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre[3] at the harbour. 01620 890202. Open every day (only closed on Christmas Day). The Firth of Forth is of international importance for seabirds. The Seabird Centre has interactive live cameras on the Firth of Forth islands, which are controlled by visitors in the Discovery Centre. This includes the Bass Rock, the world's largest Northern gannet colony, and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. See a whole host of seabirds and marine wildlife in its natural habitat, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittwakes, eider ducks. The interpretative centre is well done, with lots to keep the whole family entertained. The Seabird Cafe is one of the best places to eat in the town as well, with the seaside sun deck open in good weather. Best times to visit are April-September for nesting birds, or September to December for the seal pups.

There are a range of boat trips from North Berwick harbour, out to the Bass Rock and the Isle of May. Cruise round the islands on the 55-seat catamaran or the 12-set RIB. There are also specialist landing trips on the Bass Rock and the Isle of May, for photography and wildlife enthusiasts. All the trips are available to book online at

The Beaches are lovely to walk along, its nice and peaceful and the view of the Islands are great!

Climb North Berwick Law, a steep-sided extinct volcano, just at the southern edge of the town. Offers excellent views of the Forth Islands, and across Fife, the Lothians and beyond.


The High Street area has some good shops, but some are quite pricey!!!


The Scottish Seabird Centre (see Do section for listing) has an excellent cafe. Opening hours the same as the centre itself.



Get out[edit]

The rolling green countryside and sandy beaches of East Lothian are all around. Towns and villages in the area include Dunbar (10 miles south), Gullane and Aberlady (both a few miles to the west, along the Forth coastline towards Edinburgh.

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