The House At The Beach, North Berwick - views across the bay

About The Area

North Berwick

The Royal Burgh of North Berwick (pop. 5,500) is 20 miles East of Edinburgh overlooking the Firth of Forth, in the county of East Lothian.

North Berwick is a charming,small, traditional coastal town with a harbour and excellent sandy beaches, with two defining physical landmarks; the 613ft volcanic crag North Berwick Law, which overlooks the town, and the 315ft Bass Rock, offshore in the Firth of Forth, which is a nature reserve and nesting ground for over 100,000 gannets each summer.

There is an excellent variety of independent shops, (the award winning wine and whisky shop Lockett Bros. is a must!) galleries, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants traditional and ethnic, pubs, takeaways and 2 large supermarkets on the edge of the town. Leisure facilities, include a sports centre with swimming pool, park with trampolines, putting greens, petanque and tennis courts. There is also a large safe, tidally filled paddling pool on the beach by the Seabird Centre. Fabulous beach walks from the town are a favourite pastime, the coastal scenery is stunning in both directions, especially Yellowcraigs beach and Fidra Island to the west, and the amazing volcanic island of Bass Rock offshore to the east.

North Berwick and its surrounding area is noted for having some of the finest golf courses in Scotland. There are 3 golf courses; North Berwick West links, The Glen and the children's course, an ideal facility for youngsters to learn the game. Adults may play the course too, but only if accompanied by a child! Green fees are kept to a minimum to encourage children to take up golf. There are a further 18 golf courses available nearby, including the Open Championship course Muirfield which is 10 minutes drive. See the links below for all the golf courses in the area.

Other primary attractions are sailing, fishing,cycling, scuba diving, bird watching and the award winning Scottish Seabird Centre where you can watch the birds, including puffins on camera, or get closer to them by taking a boat trip around Bass Rock.

East Lothian

East Lothian is an ideal place for those who love peaceful places, beautiful coastline and the finest golf courses.

This is the the ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With peaceful, unspoilt beaches, rolling hills and ancient ruins, this is the perfect holiday destination. Over 40 miles of magnificent coastline mix award-winning beaches with spectacular cliffs and the world's finest selection of links golf courses. Charming towns and villages invite you to browse in art galleries, museums and gift shops while you can discover much of Scotland's history in the region's castles, churches and country houses.

East Lothian is the perfect relaxing day out from Edinburgh and an ideal base from which to explore the capital city and all of central and southern Scotland. With more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country, you'll have all the time you need to make the most of your visit.

East Lothian is home to some of the world's most stunning and spectacular golf courses, boasting panoramic views, and some of the most exciting and challenging holes in golf. The area's association with golf dates back to around 1672, when golf was already being played at Musselburgh Links - reportedly the world's oldest golf club. Whether it's the championship courses of North Berwick West, Muirfield, Gullane or the smaller, charming courses of Gifford or Castle Park, the county offers golfers of any standard an ideal day out. The county has also played host to the Open Championship, the first time being in 1874 round the old Musselburgh Links. Since then it has returned many times, most recently to Muirfield in 2002 when South African Ernie Els won the Claret Jug in a dramatic sudden death playoff.

Other popular activities in the area include - cycling, scuba diving, fishing, hill walking, karting and bird watching. Local visitor attractions include The Scottish Seabird Centre, Glenkinchie Distillery, John Muir House, Myreton Motor Museum and East Fortune Museum of Flight with Concorde. The area also boasts a variety of historic houses and castles including Lennoxlove House, Dirleton Castle and Tantallon Castle with its spectacular views to the nearby Bass Rock.

Useful Links

Here is a selection of links to local attractions and useful information to help you decide on your visit:

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Golf:

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