Difference between revisions of "North Berwick"
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First Scotrail 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's attractions are within walking distance of the railway station.
Tantallon Castle, 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.
Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre at the harbour. 01620 890202. Open 10-6 every day Apr-Sep. Closes earlier in winter (you can't see the birds in the dark!), but still 7 day opening. The Firth of Forth is one of Europe's most important centres for nesting seabirds. The seabird centre has telescopes for viewing the thousands of gannets in their colony on the Bass Rock, as well as webcams in various locations around the Forth islands, for viewing other birds including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittwakes, eider ducks. The intepretive centre is well done, with lots to keep the kids entertained. The cafe here is one of the best places to eat in the town as well, with sea-view terrace in good weather. Best times to visit are May-Jul for nesting birds, or Sep-Oct for the baby seals.
Boat Trips are available from the harbour to see the world's largest single rock gannet colony on Bass Rock at close quarters. There are 1 hour trips that take you round costing 22 pounds adult single, and 5.5 hour trips that take you onto the bass rock itself, costing 98 pounds. These need to be booked in advanced and also include a session where they feed the garnets off the boat so you get to look at them diving into the waters up close.
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.
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.