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In recent years North Berwick has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK. Locals here enjoy the seaside way of life and welcome thousands of tourists every year to its scenic shores. This guide looks at things to do in North Berwick including top accommodation and hotels in North Berwick.
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Your complete guide to North Berwick
If you are planning a trip to the picturesque town of North Berwick, get to know its hotpots and the best places to stay with the help of My Voyage Scotland.
Where is North Berwick?
North Berwick is a popular town in East Lothian.
It is under one-hour drive away from Edinburgh, so if you are visiting the capital, you won’t need to travel too far to get to one of the nicest beaches on the east coast.
Things to do in North Berwick
A whole range of Scottish treats await you in North Berwick – from quirky coffee shops to a stunning beach front, you will need a full weekend to explore the wonderful sites that this East Lothian town has to offer.
Read our list of things to do in North Berwick below.
North Berwick Law
Take a hike 187 metres above sea level to the peak of North Berwick Law.
You won’t regret taking on this conical hill – as once you reach the top, you are greeted with offers stunning views of the North Berwick coastline.
This two-and-a-half-hour climb has a lot to offer visitors on their way up as there are Iron Age settlements preserved on the hill and ruins of lookout posts that were used by the North Berwick community during the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.
Take in the beauty that the east coast has to offer at Yellowcraig Beach.
From Yellowcraig Beach you can look to Fidra Island and wait until the sunsets. Visitors to here love to watch the sun go down so they can see its lighthouse flicker.
Why is Frida Island so important to the town? This tiny spot in the North Sea was the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Scottish Seabird Centre
Would you like to see some puffins on your Scottish travels? The Scottish Seabird Centre is dedicated to protecting the local wildlife that lives by North Berwick coast.
This charity is extremely popular with tourists as it offers seasonal boat tours which take visitors around the stunning area Craigleith, Bass Rock and the Isle of May.
John Muir Way
Embrace the Scottish outdoors while taking a walk along John Mur Way. This route is a134 miles long starting at Helensburgh and ending in Dunbar.
If you are unable to conquer the whole route while you are visiting Scotland, you can complete the section that that intersects with North Berwick. On your travels, you will enjoy a coastline walk with views of North Berwick Law and you will pass through another lovely little village called East Linton.
This part of Scotland is well known for its stunning castle locations and the Tantallon is no different.
Tantallon Castle was owned by to the Red Douglas family. What’s left of this red sandstone castle that fell in 1651 lies on a beautiful viewpoint in North Berwick. The 14th-century fortress is now a ruin after it survived a long history of battles.
Accommodation and Hotels in North Berwick
North Berwick has a handful of choices for your stay. Below are top picks.
Hotels in North Berwick Star Pick: Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa
If you are looking for luxury hotels in North Berwick, you will find it at the Macdonald Marine Hotel.
After a warm welcome into this Victorian hotel, guests can treat themselves to a spa weekend as this location has steam rooms, saunas and a large pool area where guests can relax and enjoy the views over the Firth of Forth.
This hotel is also based just a close walk away from both the North Berwick train station and the North Berwick Golf Club, which is great for older travellers that want to be near the town’s amenities.
Glengair bed and breakfast is excellent value for money. Guest here have recommended it on the basis of its lovely host “Val”, its location and its facilities.
Rooms with a stunning sea view are available to book at the Glengair but get in there fast as this little bed and breakfast in North Berwick books up fast!
There is lots to do in the surrounding area, everything from water sports to cycling.
Nether Abbey Hotel
If its traditional Scottish “scran” that you are after, spend your time in North Berwick at the Nether Abbey Hotel.
This hotel in North Berwick is perfect for couples and has a restaurant on-site that specialises in fresh seafood and lobsters. Guests who have stayed here previously rate the hotel for its excellent service and Scottish breakfast which is included with every stay.
If you are looking to stretch the budget on your next trip to North Berwick, Meadowside Residence would be well worth it.
Perfect for guests with children, this accommodation in North Berwick has great spacious rooms and a children’s playground onsite, so adults can sit back and relax in the garden while the kids do some of their own exploring!
Self-catering North Berwick
Planning a self-catering trip to North Berwick? We have included our top picks for your requirements.
If you are planning a trip to North Berwick Tantallon Castle is just over three miles away from the lovely Quayside cottage!
Like something out of a picture book this holiday home is suitable for families or friends that are looking for two-bedroom accommodation in North Berwick.
If you are planning a longer stay in the town, this location has everything you need as you will find a tv, a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine, and two bathrooms inside.
If you want to stay close to North Berwick’s stunning beachfront you won’t get any closer than the Beachside.
This holiday home is cosy and best suited to a travelling couple that is looking to get away from city life hustle and bustle.
The Beachside has everything you need for a relaxing weekend with one bedroom, and one bathroom and a flat-screen TV inside.