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North Berwick

Towered over by a lone hill, Berwick Law, North Berwick was once a bustling ferry port and is now a popular coastal destination and a home to commuters. The picturesque burgh of North Berwick has always been an important town in the East Lothian area, in its past roles of grain and fishing port - a role which continues to a lesser extent today - and its continuing role as a popular holiday and daytrip destination for the residents of Edinburgh.

Onshore and offshore, North Berwick has some stunning natural features. From the 613 feet of Berwick Law, a hill which pinpoints the town to anyone surveying the area from Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Dunbar or even the coast of Fife across the mighty River Forth, to the equally noticable dramatic cliffs of the Bass Rock offshore. The Bass Rock is home to a opertaional lighthouse, warning ships away from treacherous rocks, whose beam can be seen south of Dunbar as well as to the north. More importantly, the sheer cliffs of the rock face are home to a host of seabirds: guillemots, gannets, fulmers, razor bills, shags and the much loved puffin colony. A ferry service circles the rock during the summer months, brining visitors close to the homes of these majestic birds in one of the most important seabird locations in Europe. To follow up on the natural history of the colony visit the National Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

Close to North Berwick lie the ruins of Tantallon Castle. Dating back to the fourteenth century, the specatular Tantallon Castle stood on a clifftop between North Berwick and Dunbar. Today the property is preserved and is open to visitors interested in learning more about the Castle's fascinating past.

North Berwick also offers golf courses, beaches as well as a range of shops and other attractions, and its proximity to Edinburgh, backed by a regular Scotrail train service, makes it an ideal destination, both as a holiday base for exploring Edinburgh and The Lothians, and as a daytrip from Edinburgh. Where-ever you are basing your holiday, the seaside town of North Berwick is worth a visit.

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