North Berwick

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North Berwick

North Berwick is a small Scottish seaside town in East Lothian, on the south bank of the Firth of Forth, about 25 miles east of Edinburgh. It is connected to the Scottish capital by a frequent rail service. North Berwick became a popular holiday resort in the 19th century because of its two sandy bays. Out in the Firth opposite the town are the islands of Fidra and Bass Rock; the latter hosts a thriving colony of birds, including puffins, gannets, and other seabirds.

History

There has been a harbour at North Berwick since the 12th century, and for 500 years there was a ferry crossing to Earlsferry, near Elie in Fife. This was popular with pilgrims to St Andrews. This ferry was recently reinstated; during the summer a boat travels between North Berwick and Anstruther in Fife, in homage to the original ferry.

English invaders in the Middle Ages led to the construction of nearby Tantallon Castle, and a nunnery was built at North Berwick. The late 19th century saw North Berwick develop golfing and holiday facilities. In recent years, some have seen North Berwick as a dormitory town for Edinburgh, and correspondingly housebuilding and house prices have exploded in the town, with the population constantly increasing..

Attractions

  • Boat trips to Bass Rock and other islands
  • Scottish Seabird Centre - Visitor centre about seabirds found on Bass Rock and elsewhere.
  • North Berwick Law - 613ft volcanic hill which dominates the town, with its arched whalebones visible from afar, and a Napoleonic era signal station. A school located near this hill has been named after it.
  • Beaches - One of North Berwick's main attractions, the beach has golden sands and rocks, and a tide-filled swimming/paddling pool.
  • Putting and Crazy Golf
  • East Lothian Yacht Club
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