A popular holiday destination for locals and tourists alike, North Berwick is a quaint and friendly seaside town based on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. With a spectacular coastline featuring both east and west facing bays, the sandy beaches are just as perfect for some bucket-and-spade time as they are for spotting local birdlife and wildlife.
North Berwick offers a wide range of activities for the nature lovers, particularly for any budding ornithologists, with the iconic Bass Rock - home to the world's largest Northern gannet colony - just a stone's throw away from the shore. Voted the BBC Countryfile's Nature Reserve of the year, and described by David Attenborough "as one of the twelve wildlife wonders in the world", it is well worth learning more about the birds at the Scottish Seabird Centre and taking a scenic boat trip around the island to admire the birds at close quarters.
The John Muir Country Park also offers a variety of options for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore sandy beaches and ancient castle ruins on the many walking and cycling routes, or stop off at Foxlake for superb kayaking, wakeboarding and ringo rides. There are of course, some wonderful surfing spots along the North Berwick coast, while dive charters from the harbour will take you to stunning nature reserve sites so you can catch a glimpse of fascinating fish and marine life.
North Berwick is also world-famous for golf, offering its own stunning links at North Berwick Golf Club, while the courses of Muirfield, Luffness and Gullane are just a short drive away. The town also boasts a charming local high street filled with many independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Enjoy authentic award-winning gelato from Alandas Ice Cream parlour, fresh seafood from the rustic lobster shack or sample a local ale or two in one of the town’s many small pubs while drinking in the excitement of the live Scottish music scene.