Towered over by a lone hill, Berwick Law, North Berwick
was once a bustling ferry port and is now a popular coastal destination
and a home to commuters. The picturesque burgh of North Berwick has always
been an important town in the East Lothian area, in its past roles
of grain and fishing port - a role which continues to a lesser extent
today - and its continuing role as a popular holiday and daytrip destination
for the residents of Edinburgh.
Onshore and offshore, North Berwick has some stunning
natural features. From the 613 feet of Berwick Law, a hill which
pinpoints the town to anyone surveying the area from Arthur's Seat in
or even the coast of Fife
across the mighty River Forth, to the equally noticable dramatic cliffs
of the Bass Rock offshore. The Bass Rock is home to a opertaional
lighthouse, warning ships away from treacherous rocks, whose beam can
be seen south of Dunbar as well as to the north. More importantly, the
sheer cliffs of the rock face are home to a host of seabirds: guillemots,
gannets, fulmers, razor bills, shags and the much loved puffin colony.
A ferry service circles the rock during the summer months, brining visitors
close to the homes of these majestic birds in one of the most important
seabird locations in Europe. To follow up on the natural history of the
colony visit the National Seabird Centre in North Berwick.
Close to North Berwick lie the ruins of Tantallon
Castle. Dating back to the fourteenth century, the specatular Tantallon
Castle stood on a clifftop between North Berwick and Dunbar. Today the
property is preserved and is open to visitors interested in learning more
about the Castle's fascinating past.
North Berwick also offers golf courses, beaches
as well as a range of shops and other attractions, and its proximity to
Edinburgh, backed by a regular Scotrail train service, makes it an ideal
destination, both as a holiday base for exploring Edinburgh and The Lothians,
and as a daytrip from Edinburgh. Where-ever you are basing your holiday,
the seaside town of North Berwick is worth a visit.
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