The Royal Burgh of North Berwick

North Berwick, a former Royal Burgh in Scotland from 1373, located in East Lothian and only 35 minutes away from Edinburgh, has a host of great events and attractions to visit throughout the year. Here are some of the best North Berwick attractions that are not to be missed!

North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland: North Berwick In Bloom ©MDHarding
North Berwick In Bloom ©MDHarding

Getting to North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland

The easiest way to reach North Berwick is by train from Edinburgh Waverley, with on average 24 trains departing on a weekday and the journey only 35 minutes. If you would like more flexibility to visit more of the rural area, a car would be best. If arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow airport why not pre-book a car rental to collect upon arrival? Another exciting alternative during the summer months, is by the Forth Ferry from Anstruther.

The Best North Berwick Attractions

One of the best North Berwick attractions to visit for the whole family is the Scottish Seabird Centre, with informative displays, collection of preserved birds and live viewing cameras. There is also a well-stocked gift shop and a delicious array of snacks, hot and cold food available from the cafe. If you would like to see some of the species of birds up close, why not book a boat trip to visit the Isle of May, Bass Rock or on-board the Three Islands Seabird Safari?

North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland: Looking Out to Bass Rock, North Berwick ©MDHarding
Looking Out to Bass Rock, North Berwick ©MDHarding

Local Produce/Food

A visit to North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland, would not be the same without tasting its many local and fresh delights! North Berwick, being one of the coastal fishing ports with freshly caught produce, one you must try is the lobster. The Lobster Shack is open seasonally (weather dependent). After enjoying the succulent lobster, why not enjoy a stroll along the main street to Alanda’s Gelateria? Winning the gold award at the Royal Highland Show for the 2nd year running, the freshly made gelato is delicious!

North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland: Lobster Shack ©MDHarding
Lobster Shack ©MDHarding

Fringe By The Sea Festival

The Fringe By The Sea Festival, North Berwick takes off in the second week of August annually, with a variety of performances from music to drama.  This year the North Berwick Drama Circle performed the original play “The King and the Witches”.  The lively performance was a truly memorable one.

North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland: The King and The Witches performance from The North Berwick Drama Circle ©MDHarding
The King and The Witches performance by The North Berwick Drama Circle ©MDHarding

North Berwick Law/John Muir’s Walk

There are some beautiful walks throughout the area including that of the North Berwick Law, taking you up to a scenic vantage point overlooking the town and across the water to Fife. Back in 2014, the John Muir Way was officially opened, named in honour after the Scottish conservationist John Muir. Stretching over 134 miles/215km between Helensburgh on the west coast to Dunbar on the east coast. The scenery often changing from dramatic coastal drops, sandy beaches to tranquil woodland.

North Berwick, former Royal Burgh in Scotland: The John Muir Way ©MDHarding
The John Muir Way ©MDHarding

I hope I have inspired you to visit the beautiful and historic town of North Berwick, a former Royal Burgh in Scotland.  As always we would love to hear from you.  Please leave any questions/comments below.  Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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