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North Berwick is a charming seaside town on the east coast of Scotland where visitors come to play golf, stay by the beach and explore historic local landmarks. The town became a popular and fashionable railway destination in the 19th Century and has continued to attract holidaymakers to this day. The town is a popular haven for travellers, particularly golfers, with a variety of hotels, golf lodges and spa retreats. Edinburgh is only a short train journey away from this picturesque seaside town.
Nestled on the Firth of Forth, North Berwick has two sublime beaches, the East and West bay, which are easily accessible from any point in the town. Enjoy a walk towards pretty North Berwick harbour with some local ice cream. During the summer months regular boat trips sail from the harbour to the islands in the Firth of Forth including Craigleith and the Bass Rock. These trips allow visitors to watch puffins, gannets and other seabirds in their natural habitat. Learn more about the birds and animals that populate the coastline here at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre.
North Berwick is right in the heart of Scotland’s golf coast and is regarded as one of the country’s premier golfing destinations. The town itself is home to two fantastic courses – The North Berwick West Links and The Glen. A few miles up the road visitors will find one of the world’s great golfing meccas: Muirfield. This Open Championship Course is set in beautiful East Lothian countryside, with wonderful views out to sea. Many golfers make the stop in East Lothian on a Scottish golfing tour and there is no finer place to stay than a hotel in North Berwick.
North Berwick is home to many historical and natural points of interest. The North Berwick Law is a memorable hill overlooking the town – for over three centuries an upturned whale’s jawbone stood on its summit (it has now been replaced with a fibreglass replica). Visitors looking to visit some of Scotland’s many castles are well placed in a North Berwick hotel as Dirleton Castle and Tantallon Castle are just a few miles in either direction.
As North Berwick is so close to the sea, the town’s restaurants always have fresh local seafood on the menu. Lobster, langoustines and mussels are popular dishes in the area – stop by North Berwick harbour and you can watch the boats bringing in the catch of the day. North Berwick’s main high street is home to many shops selling a variety of local Scottish produce including jewellery, local fruit and veg, sweets and ice cream. Couples looking to dine in Edinburgh are only a short journey away by train or taxi.
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