|[North Berwick & the West Beach]|
Trace a map of the Scottish coastline to the right from Edinburgh and you'll head roughly east for several miles before bulging out into the Firth of Forth. This area is often referred to as Scotland's Golf Coast (the Fife town of St Andrews must be a bit miffed about this), with extensive beaches backed by sand dunes ideal for golf links. It's a wealthy area full of attractive villages, small towns, magnificent castles and gentle coastal scenery, with a sunnier and drier climate than most of the country. Now we've sold it to you, it's time to introduce the natural hub for the region: North Berwick. Once the site for a boat ferrying pilgrims across the firth to St Andrews, it blossomed into a seaside resort during Victorian times and hasn't looked back. With a pair of excellent beaches, picturesque harbour, two museums and a thriving (and congested) main street there's a lot going on. Taking a boat to the amazing gannet colony on Bass Rock is a must if you're visiting in spring or summer, and the great ruined fortresses of Tantallon and Dirleton are a few miles along the coast to the east and west respectively.
Name: North Berwick ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NT 554853 ///moved.prove.convey
Anything else? Parking is tricky on summer weekends - head away from the centre to find a space.
Within walking distance
>> see separate post for Bass Rock boat trips ★★★★★
>> see separate post for Coastal Communities Museum ★★★☆☆
>> see North Berwick beaches post for Milsey Bay ★★★☆☆; West Beach ★★★☆☆
>> see North Berwick old churches post for Old St Andrew's Church ★☆☆☆☆; St Andrew's Old Kirk ★☆☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Scottish Seabird Centre ★★★☆☆
Walk: North Berwick Law (not yet visited)
>> see separate post for Dirleton Castle ★★★★☆ (3 miles away)
>> see separate post for Tantallon Castle ★★★★☆ (3 miles away)
>> see separate post for Seacliff Beach ★★★★☆ (4 miles away)