Welcome to North Berwick
An ancient settlement, it prospered from early medieval times for its ferry crossing serving pilgrims to St Andrews. In the 12th century, its harbour and the adjacent St Andrew's Kirk, now in ruins, were built. Another ruined church, romantically roofless St Andrew's Kirk Ports, dates from the 1600s, as do the Lodge Grounds gardens beside it. The arrival of the railway two centuries later turned North Berwick into a well-heeled seaside town.
Just offshore are a string of islands known for their fantastic bird life, including the world's largest Northern gannet colony at hulking Bass Rock, and the 50,000 puffin couples that descend on the Isle of May each breeding season (April to July). The waters themselves are home to grey and harbour seals – and dolphins, orcas and even whales are occasionally sighted.