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Sally’s guidebook

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Sally’s guidebook

Walking
There are lots of lovely beach walks accessible from house or within 10 minute drive/bus. North Berwick gives you access to the famous John Muir Way which runs from coast to coast across central Scotland. For hill walkers and casual walkers alike, going up North Berwick Law is well worth the climb for spectacular views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth. The Lammermuir Hills are also accessible within a half hour drive south from North Berwick.
This is a beautiful sandy beach at the east end of North Berwick.
Milsey Bay Beach
This is a beautiful sandy beach at the east end of North Berwick.
The John Muir Way is a well sign-posted route - mainly flattish going along tracks, cycleways, pavements and minor roads.
John Muir Way
The John Muir Way is a well sign-posted route - mainly flattish going along tracks, cycleways, pavements and minor roads.
North Berwick Law (187m) is a relatively easy climb with the correct footwear and is well worth the effort for the amazing views.
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North Berwick Law
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North Berwick Law (187m) is a relatively easy climb with the correct footwear and is well worth the effort for the amazing views.
Castles
We are within 3.5 miles of Tantallon Castle to the east and Dirleton castle to the west.
This is a semi-ruined mid 14th century fortress with amazing views out to the Bass Rock.
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Tantallon Castle
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This is a semi-ruined mid 14th century fortress with amazing views out to the Bass Rock.
Dirleton castle, in the picturesque village of Dirleton, 3 miles west of North Berwick. This medieval fortress dates back to the 13th century. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
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Dirleton Castle & Gardens
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Dirleton castle, in the picturesque village of Dirleton, 3 miles west of North Berwick. This medieval fortress dates back to the 13th century. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
My favourite restaurants
We are spoiled in North Berwick by an amazing selection of cafes, bars and restaurants - some with outdoor seating to enjoy the summer sun.
The Lobster Shack at the harbour sells locally caught produce in a beautiful setting.
The Lobster Shack
The Lobster Shack at the harbour sells locally caught produce in a beautiful setting.
The Rocketeer in the old Coastguard Station is a seafood restaurant near the harbour selling lobster, crab, seabass and mackerel as well as burgers for the non-fish eaters.
The Rocketeer Restaurant
26 Victoria Rd
The Rocketeer in the old Coastguard Station is a seafood restaurant near the harbour selling lobster, crab, seabass and mackerel as well as burgers for the non-fish eaters.
Signals Bistro at No 12 Quality Street is a popular place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Outdoor seating is perfect for the sunny days. Sit back and watch the world go by.
Signals Bistro
16C Quality St
Signals Bistro at No 12 Quality Street is a popular place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Outdoor seating is perfect for the sunny days. Sit back and watch the world go by.
This new addition to the North Berwick cafe scene is in the most amazing setting, about 2 miles east of the town, on the way to Tantallon Castle, it is perched on the cliffs above Canty Bay and serves coffees and light lunches.
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Drift
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This new addition to the North Berwick cafe scene is in the most amazing setting, about 2 miles east of the town, on the way to Tantallon Castle, it is perched on the cliffs above Canty Bay and serves coffees and light lunches.
Set in an old warehouse, the HQ roasts its own coffee and sells delicious seasonal food (in front of log burners for the colder days). It stays open till around 8pm on a Friday when pizza is available from a van parked outside.
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Steampunk Coffee
49A Kirk Ports
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Set in an old warehouse, the HQ roasts its own coffee and sells delicious seasonal food (in front of log burners for the colder days). It stays open till around 8pm on a Friday when pizza is available from a van parked outside.
This Italian restaurant on Quality Street is a great place for couples and families. Good food at good prices and a wide selection of wines.
Zitto
10 Quality St
This Italian restaurant on Quality Street is a great place for couples and families. Good food at good prices and a wide selection of wines.
Another relative newcomer to the town, this bistro/wine bar offers good quality food and drink (cocktails also very good) in a relaxed setting.
The Puffin
114 High St
Another relative newcomer to the town, this bistro/wine bar offers good quality food and drink (cocktails also very good) in a relaxed setting.
Whynot? is a marketplace in the centre of the town with various market stalls selling souvenirs and foodstuffs with a cafe at the rear with also has an outdoor seating area. Good home baking and home-made soup.
whynot? Cafe
91 High St
Whynot? is a marketplace in the centre of the town with various market stalls selling souvenirs and foodstuffs with a cafe at the rear with also has an outdoor seating area. Good home baking and home-made soup.
JP's deli and cafe is a favourite of mine for their home-made scones. Always busy with locals and visitors and a great wee shop selling delicious produce and fresh tea/coffee.
JP's Deli and Cafe
96 High St
JP's deli and cafe is a favourite of mine for their home-made scones. Always busy with locals and visitors and a great wee shop selling delicious produce and fresh tea/coffee.
Cake is a great favourite with families with a designated play area for youngsters. Great home baking and savouries.
Cake Cafe
87 High St
Cake is a great favourite with families with a designated play area for youngsters. Great home baking and savouries.
The Nether Abbey Hotel and The Fly Half bar are popular with locals and visitors (particularly golfers). The bar and restaurant serve good locally-sourced food. Sport is often on the big screen.
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The Nether Abbey Hotel
20 Dirleton Avenue
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The Nether Abbey Hotel and The Fly Half bar are popular with locals and visitors (particularly golfers). The bar and restaurant serve good locally-sourced food. Sport is often on the big screen.
This gem on the high street always has a good vibe about it. Music is on, but never so loud that you can't converse. Great cocktails and menu with daily specials.
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The Herringbone
1-3 Westgate
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This gem on the high street always has a good vibe about it. Music is on, but never so loud that you can't converse. Great cocktails and menu with daily specials.
The Grange steak house on the high street is famous in the town for its beef and also for its 'Unlimited Wings and Ribs' deal and its 'Half price Burger' nights.
The Grange Restaurant & Steakhouse
35 High St
The Grange steak house on the high street is famous in the town for its beef and also for its 'Unlimited Wings and Ribs' deal and its 'Half price Burger' nights.
Boat trips
Various companies offer boat trips out to the islands in the Firth of Forth - the Bass Rock, Fidra, Craigleith and The Lamb. from these boats you can (hopefully) see puffins, gannets and seals.
The Seabird Centre is situated at the harbour and has a Discovery Centre with interactive cameras to the local island as well as a gift shop and cafe (with outside decking overlooking the Bass Rock).
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Scottish Seabird Centre
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The Seabird Centre is situated at the harbour and has a Discovery Centre with interactive cameras to the local island as well as a gift shop and cafe (with outside decking overlooking the Bass Rock).
What was once an outdoor swimming pool, filled in in 1997, is now a colourful dinghy park. The harbour plays host to various cafes and boat trips to the islands can be booked via many different companies. It is also the main venue for 'Fringe by the Sea' which takes place in August and is a miniature version of the Edinburgh Festival. Highlights include the arrival of a Spiegeltent to house various musical, comedy and talk events.
North Berwick Harbour
What was once an outdoor swimming pool, filled in in 1997, is now a colourful dinghy park. The harbour plays host to various cafes and boat trips to the islands can be booked via many different companies. It is also the main venue for 'Fringe by the Sea' which takes place in August and is a miniature version of the Edinburgh Festival. Highlights include the arrival of a Spiegeltent to house various musical, comedy and talk events.