North Berwick & Gullane, Scotland

Location: On the East Lothian coast, a 30 minute train ride from Edinburgh Waverly.

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Bass Rock from North Berwick

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North Berwick Marina

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The large curve of the North Berwick beach

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Gullane coastline

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The famous Gullane golf course

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St Andrews Church Gullane

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Ocean facing homes in Gullane

Getting There: ScotRail runs trains from Edinburgh Waverly to North Berwick which takes only 30 minutes but the times are sporadic (check Google Maps) for 6.80 GBP Off Peak Day Return. If for some reason you miss the train connection, a stable & frequent First bus service X24 runs from Edinburgh city centre to Gullane & North Berwick that takes an hour. We’ve taken the train to North Berwick & the X24 from there to Gullane & back.

Recommended Walks: On a sunny summer day, your best (and tiring) bet is to do the coastal walk from Gullane to North Berwick which is 7 miles long. Or just choose to walk along the villages & the bay. In North Berwick, make the quick climb on North Berwick Law for some good views. Finally, there are 2 castles worth walking to, the Tantallon Castle east of North Berwick & the Dirleton Castle between Gullane & North Berwick.

Other Things To Do: The final piece of what Scotland is really famous for, Golf. Gullane has a championship quality golf course for the hardcore golfers (booking ahead recommended) while North Berwick has a putting green for everyone to enjoy.

The Bass Rock is actually a nesting place for hundreds of birds & during summer, boat trips take you up to (and in some cases on) the Bass Rock. Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick runs a number of tours during the summer months, booking ahead highly recommended.

Food & Drink:

One of our favorite bakeries in this region has a coffee & cake shop in Gullane and is called Falko (dogs welcome, closed Mon & Tue). They are definitely the best German bakers in Edinburgh & possibly in Scotland & Dalek cannot recommend their pastries (esp Black Forest) highly enough. In North Berwick, enjoy some quick & fresh seafood near the Marina at Lobster Shack. There are many restaurants in North Berwick worth looking at, we haven’t been to any personally.

This post is part of the Rural Scotland series.

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