North Berwick Travel Guide

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North Berwick Overview

North Berwick is a seaside town in East Lothian situated on the Firth of Forth roughly 25 minutes from Edinburgh. It has a small harbour and nice sandy beaches. The towns 2 most defining landmarks are the volcanic crag known as North Berwick Law and Bass rock.

North Berwick Law is the 613ft volcanic crag which overlooks the town dominates the Lothian landscape for miles around. It is topped by the ruins of a watchtower built in 1803 during the Napoleonic Wars when invasion by the French was a distinct possibility and also, until recently, an arch made from the jawbone of a whale.

The Bass Rock is a 315ft high landmark, nearly 2 miles offshore (which can be seen up close by boat tour), is a nature reserve and nesting ground for over 100,000 gannets each summer. This small island was a religious retreat during the 7th century and later became an almost impregnable fortress and prison. Following the exile of James II, the island was captured and held, by a group of his Jacobite supporters, for three years until they were starved out in 1694.

A good place to visit would be the Scottish Seabird Centre located opposite the Bass Rock next to one of North Berwicks lovely beaches

The area is surrounded by local history attractions that could fill up your day including the Museum of Flight, Myreton Motor Museum, Dirleton Castle etc etc

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