Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Adventures Away: North Berwick

These sunny days we've been having in Scotland seem to come and go, but they certainly are beautiful.  North Berwick is the perfect day trip to enjoy on days such as these, less than an hour away from Edinburgh by train or car and with a very pretty journey to get there.  Not only does it have a lovely family & dog friendly beach, but it's also a great place to wander around, look at boats, visit some shops and have some chips, and maybe a wee ice cream.  Here are some of my favourite things to do on a North Berwick visit:
 - Have a stroll down the High Street - plenty of cute wee shops, lots of fresh seafood, nice places to stop off for some pub grub and more cafes than you can shake a stick at.  A new favourite is Why Not? - a lovely indoor market selling a variety of items from artisan breads to handmade cards and vintage fur coats.  They are also rumoured to have some of the best cakes in North Berwick (if not Scotland) which sold at their cafe in the back of the shop.
- Take a peek at Bass Rock - you can either look through the binoculars near the Seabird Centre or take a boat trip out there and examine up close whether there are puffins, guillemots, razorbills or even the odd seal hanging out there.
- Visit the harbour and Lobster Shack - there's something peaceful about listening to the waves against the rocks and looking at the boats.  Improving this experience hugely is a visit to Lobster Shack.  Their fresh seafood is outstanding and there's nothing like cracking open a lobster shell when you're by the seaside. 
- Have an ice cream - a tradition you can't pass up and with both a Mr Whippy and an S Luca van near the harbour you are spoilt for choice!
- The Fringe by the Sea Festival is taking place from 4-10 August.  Like a mini version of the Edinburgh Fringe but minus the craziness and overwhelming amounts of people - and crucially, by the sea.  How perfect does that sound?


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