North Berwick is a bustling town on the East Lothian coast. Just 30 minutes by train from Edinburgh, we think we have one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland.
Lovely safe beaches mean North Berwick has long been a holiday destination, tourists from Edinburgh still take the train along the coast for a day trip or a longer stay.
We also welcome many visitors from further afield; in the middle ages the town was a staging post for pilgrims en route to St Andrews.
Our historic harbour is a gem, and is packed with yachts, excusion boats and a few fishing boats too. You can buy lobster at the harbourside. Delicious!
We’re lucky to have loads of great shops in North Berwick, holiday makers can easily get hold of great fresh local produce, all from the High Street.
Meat & Fish
Andersons Quality Butcher - great meat sourced locally
Fish and speciality foods available at Bunney's on the High Street
Lobster for sale at the harbour - from the fisherman's secret hideout!
Groceries & Wine
Nisa - a great little supermarket, with freshly baked bread and croissants, wine and beers and a new DVD rental machine! Open everyday till 9pm.
Co-op - another small supermarket open till 10pm most days.
Bunny's - for more specialist foods, deli, fish and kitchen ware.
Howdahs - specialist tea and coffee shop.
Lockett Bros Wines - local award winning wine merchants.
Boots the Chemist
Banks - Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank of Scotland and Lloyds
Sports, Clothing, Galleries, Collectibles & Pets
Law Cycle Shop - bike hire, bikes to buy, bike bits and repairs
Great Escape - casual clothing/outdoor equipment and wetsuits!
Shoe shops - we have two independant shops with lovely shoes
Meg Maitland - independant womens boutique
Time and Tide - seaside interiors shops
Flux - crafts and gifts
Rockbird - an art supplies shop with lots of intersting things to satisfy your creative side
Pet shop - all things for our furry guests
And many more..
Serving wonderful homemade soups, quiches, cakes and traditional breakfasts the tiny Buttercup Cafe is a must visit. Look out for the Greek nights (the cafe is run by a Scottish-Greek couple)!
A must visit during any trip to East Lothian, on the Main Steet in Gullane, this artisan German Bakery serves the most delicious coffee, amazing cakes, breads and homemade soups with fresh pretzels. Perfect reward after a long walk on Gullane beach.
Steampunk Coffee @ The Den Studio, Forth Street are the new coffee gurus in town, best coffee served here, to sit in or take away. Also selling their own roasted beans and ground coffee.
Cafe at the tennis courts, just back from the East Bay with table to eat outside and inside, serving all day brakefast, freshly baked scones and cakes, lunches and afternoon tea in an awesome location, open from May to September.
Seabird Centre Cafe - amazing harbour location for a cafe, with seating outside on a deck looking towards the Bass Rock, or inside if inclement, serving coffee, lunches, cakes and ice cream all day from 10am - 4.30pm
Zanzibar - cafe on the High Street serving Costa Coffee.
Family friendy cafe on the High Street, serving great coffee and tea with lunch and lots of cake, room for buggies.
Sola - New this year outdoor cafe in the Lodge Grounds, serving fresh baking and homemade soup till October.
Restaurants & Bars
Lobster Shack - the amazing new eaterie at the harbour, serving freshly cooked locally caught lobster and local steaks, with salad and chips, washed down with a little fizz outdoors on the quayside, the new must do!
Osteria - a small intimate italian restaurant run by award winning head chef, Daniella Cocchia, serviving the best scottish produce in classic italian style. Patons come from far and wide to eat here, and it is advisable to book ahead for dinner reservations. Serves luches as well Tues - Sat.
Afternoon Tea at Greywalls - for a special treat go to Greywalls in Gullane for afternoon tea and you will find yourselves transported to a different era, where service is back to its best and the food is divine. On arrival you will be shown to where tea will be served, possibly in the Library or outside in the Jeckyll gardens. Then once you have chosed your tea, oh and by the way your scones will now be baking, you will be served a selection of cakes (many and wonderful), your hot scones and sandwiches by staff whose only concern is to look after you. Don't have lunch otherwise you will not be able to mange them all. Lunches are also served here too! Afternoon tea is £17/person, well worth it.
Sightseeing & Attractions
Historic Castles - we have three awesome castles on our doorstep, Tantallon Castle perched dramatically on a cliff edge, directly opposite the Bass Rock, the substantial remains of the medieval Dirleton Castle and its gardens and Hailes Castle with its slightly scary pit prisons, all within 7 miles.
Sula II - the most amazing boat trips to get up close and personal with the gannets on the Bass Rock (really up close and prersonal when they bring rescued gannet chicks home on the boat!). Also trips to see the Puffins on Craiglieth and rouns the Lamb and Fidra. Sailing times are displayed on a board in fornt of the harbour.
Scottish Seabird Centre - award winning visitor centre for all things seabird, with remote cameras you can operate on the Bass Rock and Fidra so you can zoom into the birds on their nests, Big Brother style! Cafe for coffee and cakes or lunch with amazing outdoor deck seating with a view. Open all year.
S. Luca's Ice Cream Van - suppliers of the best italian ice cream on the east coast, with it's stand at the bottom of Melbourne Road/Victoria Road.
Belhaven Fruit Farm - pick your own seasonal strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fabulous new fruit ices and cafe.
East Links Family Park - just outside Dunbar is a local farm style amusement park very popular with our smaller guests. Lots of animals to feed, train rides, pedal cars, play barns, donkey rides and many other things to do. Cafe onsite as well picnic areas for refreshments as you will need to be there for some time! Also next door to the John Muir Country park, where there is a playground and miles of walks.
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune - a large collection of aeroplanes from WW1 to present day, and includes a chance to get a look inside Concord.
We quite like to sit on the beach and relax, but there are some great opportunities to work off your fish & chips in North Berwick and the surrounding countryside...
We are on the Golf Coast, and there are lots of golf courses to choose from, whether you are a scratch player or are learning from...scratch!
The East Lothian Yacht Club is based in North Berwick Harbour, which is just a few minutes walk from all our properties, has courses for beginners, improvers (adults and children), want-to-be racers and powerboaters.
Coast to Coast Surf School (and surf hire) is based just along the coast at Dunbar, with lessons happening at beautiful Belhaven Bay. Beginners and improvers are catered for, along with those who just want to hire a board and wetsuit. Booking recommended.
The John Muir Way - this scenic route passes through North Berwick and links Edinburgh to the Scottish borders, following the lovely East Lothian coast.
North Berwick Law - get a great vantage point with fantastic views across the town - and sea - from our local volcano!
Law Cycles - bike hire
2 Wheel Tours - a specialist bike operator with guided and self-guided tour options for day routes to cycling holidays with bike hire options.
If you would like to learn something new, or just improve some of you own skills, why not book into a cooking course at the new Humble Pie Cook School, just a couple of miles away in the old school at Kingston, from baking to full-on entertaining, have a look at their website for details.
For some real relaxation to really wind down take up the offer of our £25 week pass to the Marine Hotel's Vital Spa, where you will find included in the pass access to a serene indoor pool, indoor/outdoor hot spa pool, and a selection of steam/sauna/aromatherapy rooms to soak away the stresses of modern life.This pass also entitles you to a 10% discount on all their other treatments, see website for details.
Markle Fishery is East Lothians premier trout fishery, with two still water lochs you are sure to catch a good one. Check into their website for info.
Microlights at East Fortune
If you would like a birds eye view of East Lothian you could try the Microslights at East Fortune, you can book an accompanied (obviously!) spin for the experience of a lifetime.