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Beach in North Berwick

Seacliff Beach

No, you haven't stepped into a landscape painting – just onto Seacliff Beach, a pristine sweep of sand with views of bird-thronged Bass Rock and majestic Tantallon Castle. The latter is visible at low tide from its …
Nature Centre in North Berwick

Scottish Seabird Centre

Top marks to the bright spark who came up with the idea for this centre, an ornithologist's paradise that uses remote-control video cameras sited on Bass Rock and other islands to relay live images of nesting gannet…
Ruins in North Berwick

Tantallon Castle

Perched on a cliff 3 miles east of North Berwick is the spectacular ruin of Tantallon Castle. Built around 1350, the red-sandstone fortress was the residence of the Douglas earls of Angus (the Red Douglases), defend…
Beach in North Berwick

Yellowcraig

A broad sandy cove fringed by dunes, meadows and woodland, Yellowcraig looks out to the island of Fidra and its Victorian lighthouse (the inspiration for RL Stevenson's Treasure Island). Amenities include a play par…
Distillery in North Berwick

NB Distillery

Hidden down a country lane 3 miles east of North Berwick is NB Distillery, where gin aficionados Vivienne and Steve concoct award-winning London Dry with the help of dainty still Gloria. Their on-demand tours are as…
Beach in North Berwick

Gullane Bents

Backing onto genteel Gullane and its manicured golf courses 5 miles east of North Berwick, the long, golden crescent of Gullane Bents has epic views over the Firth of Forth – soak up the best from the (wheelchair-ac…
Cafe in North Berwick

Steampunk Coffee

Bringing a dash of East London cool to East Lothian, this coffee shop in a handsome old warehouse brews up impeccably sourced coffee from its own house-roasted beans. Pair a cup with an oven-warm cake or oozing toas…
Pub in North Berwick

Ship Inn

Grab a pint of real ale and settle in among the leather booths and vintage curios at this Victorian local, which offers speciality beers, whisky and rum galore, and quality homemade pub food with a few surprises (pa…
Castle in North Berwick

Dirleton Castle

Two miles west of North Berwick is this impressive medieval fortress with massive round towers, a drawbridge and a horrific pit dungeon, surrounded rather incongruously by beautiful, manicured gardens.
Bar in North Berwick

Herringbone

This chic yet laid-back bar, which doubles as a casual restaurant, flies the flag for wine, craft beer and artisan cocktails, some made with seasonal fruit and spirits from local distilleries.