North Berwick

North Berwick is a vibrant and scenic harbour town in East Lothian, boasting great beaches, and an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and bars, not to mention world-renowned golf courses.

Just a 30 minute train journey from Edinburgh, North Berwick offers striking views out to the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock, the world’s largest Northern gannet colony. A jam-packed events programme provides year-round entertainment with highlights including the North Berwick Highland Games, Fringe by the Sea and Puffin Fest, which celebrates the return of the puffins to the local islands.

For those requiring wheelchair access, you can now hire beach wheelchairs for children and adults free of charge from the beach hut at the harbour.  Please telephone ahead to book!


What to see and do

  • Scottish Seabird Centre, award winning 5-star attraction based in the harbour. Amazing live cameras to zoom in on wildlife on the Bass Rock, boat trips, shop and cafe.
  • Tantallon Castle, imposing cliff top castle just outside of North Berwick, amazing views across the Firth of Forth. 
  • Home to two links golf courses, North Berwick Golf Club to the west of the harbour and the Glen Golf Club, with the photogenic 13th green, jutting out with views to the Bass Rock.
  • The Bass Rock and Forth islands - The coastline of North Berwick is punctuated with islands including the formidable Bass Rock, home to the largest Northern gannet colony in the world. Boat trips from the harbour.
  • The Lodge Gardens provide both a formal garden with aviary and large parkland areas with a play park.

For more information go to Visit North Berwick.


Dirleton

Nestled along the East Lothian coast is the picturesque village of Dirleton, with the imposing castle taking centre stage in the middle of the village opposite a quaint village green. With two pubs, great beach and a huge castle it’s a great place to spend the day.

What to see and do

  • Dating back to the 13th century the magnificent Dirleton Castle is now managed by Historic Environment Scotland and is open all year round. 
  • Yellowcraig beach, a popular beach located on the outskirts of the village, has lovely views across to Fidra Island, rumoured to be the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Facilities include toilets, showers and children’s play-park. Car parking charges apply.


Gullane

If Golf is your game then Gullane is the place to be with golf courses that line the road as you approach the town from either side, with 3 golf clubs including Muirfield which last hosted the Open in 2013 and Gullane Golf Club host of the Scottish Open in 2015 as well as a course specifically for children, this could easily be described as a golfer’s paradise. With a beautiful beach as well as a good mix of shops, cafes and eateries the town is a great location to base a holiday.

What to see and do

  • Gullane Bents beautiful sandy dunes beach, toilets, car parking charges apply.


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