Visit North Berwick and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
North Berwick, East Lothian. An ancient royal burgh situated on the South shore of the Firth of Forth 23 miles from Edinburgh by road, North Berwick is a deservedly popular holiday resort as well as a pleasant place for people to live who travel daily to work in Edinburgh by rail, bus, or car.
There are two fine sandy bays, divided by the harbour area. Here are anchored two or three fishing boats and many privately owned yachts and dinghies, as well as the “pilot” boat that helps to ensure safe shipping up the Firth of Forth to Grangemouth and Leith.
Also near the harbour are the remains, recently unearthed, of a l2th century kirk, dedicated to St Andrew. It was in the Church of St Andrew, in 1591, that the devil is said to have appeared to a congregation of local witches and wizards, as quoted in later trials of the North Berwick witches. In the garden of a house near the station called “The Abbey”, there is the ruin of a Cistercian convent founded in the 12th century. The parish kirk in the High Street owns four fine silver chalices, two of 17th century origin, and an old hour-glass and a baptismal ewer.
The Town House is a charming 18th century building at the East end of the High Street, and close by is “The Lodge”, another 18th century house, which is surrounded by park-like grounds of 25 acres, right in the centre of the town.
About 1 mile South of the town is North Berwick Law, rising to 613 ft in a grassy pyramid, which is of volcanic origin. It is not an arduous climb to the top, where one finds the ruins of a Napoleonic watch-tower, and an archway formed by the jaw-bones of a whale. The view on all sides is magnificent, and a viewpoint-indicator helps you to pick out the many interesting points.
Offshore in addition to the Bass Rock, with its continuous whirl of screaming, silvery gannets, are the small rocky islands of the Lamb and Craigleith, with Fidra lying off Dirleton to the West, and in the distance the Lomond Hills in Fife. To the East lies the massive rose-red ruin of Tantallon Castle, and the fine farming land of East Lothian stretches southwards to the Lammermuir Hills.
Nearby towns: Dunbar, East Linton, Haddington, Prestonpans, Tranent
Nearby villages: Aberlady, Athelstaneford, Auldhame, Ballencrieff, Bolton, Cockenzie, Dirleton, Drem, Earlsferry, East Fortune, Elie, Elphinstone, Fenton Barns, Garvald, Gullane, Kingston, Longniddry, Luffness, Macmerry, Port Seton, Scoughall, Stenton, West Barns, Whittingehame
Have you decided to visit North Berwick or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a North Berwick bed and breakfast (a North Berwick B&B or North Berwick b and b)
- a North Berwick guesthouse
- a North Berwick hotel (or motel)
- a North Berwick self-catering establishment, or
- other North Berwick accommodation