North Berwick is a town in East Lothian (The Lothians) region of Scotland.
Abellio 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 Scottish Seabird Centre there are inclusive packages available including rail fares and entry to the centre - otherwise two kids can travel free with each adult on off-peak fares.
East Coast buses run regular services between major bus stops in North Berwick and the centre of Edinburgh, with express services (X24, X5) and regular services (124) operating at half an hour intervals throughout the day. You can view the full timetable here.
North Berwick is signposted from the main A1 trunk road, between Edinburgh and Dunbar.
North Berwick's attractions are within walking distance (1 km) 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 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. Parking for the Seabird Centre is available in a car park in the centre of the town, signposted with brown tourist signs. It is priced affordably at £2 per hour or £7 for the day, and is free between October and February. The car park is not exclusively ran by the centre and is also suitably located to allow exploration of the rest of the town.
- There are a range of boat trips from North Berwick harbour, out to the Bass Rock and the Isle of May. Some are run by the Seabird Centre / Seabird Seafari and there are other independent local firms too. 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 on the Seabird Centre Website.
- North Berwick has two great beaches: The West Bay and the East (Milsey) Bay. Both are long and are great for families looking to picnic. The East Bay has the remnants of an open water swimming pool, which is filled up by the tide and offers a great place for children to play.
- 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.