East Lothian is a county that offers an unbeatable mix of coast and countryside for locals and visitors alike, and among the towns and villages that populate it, is the idyllic seaside town of North Berwick.
North Berwick was once a Royal Burgh and a lively fishing and trading port. Fishing is just one industry the town and wider area was built up around, with farming, coal mining, and manufacturing also playing their part in the town’s history. Agriculture is still around on a smaller scale, and you can still see fishing activity as well, which has been joined by more modern industries such as printing, electronics, and chemical research.
Visitors are drawn here for the coastline, golf courses, and attractions such as the Scottish Sea Bird Centre. There are several golf courses in North Berwick, and 19 in the whole of East Lothian, with Musselburgh Racecourse within easy reach. Another fine feature is the beaches along the shoreline, including 2 sandy bays, East Bay and West Bay.
North Berwick is located on the South side of the Firth of Forth, so residents are afforded great views across the estuary, and a coastline full of features to explore. Living in this town means you can enjoy many of the benefits of living in a seaside town, but still be within reach of the hustle and bustle of the city; ideal if you plan to commute to Edinburgh for work, which is less than half an hour away. There are good rail links from North Berwick to Edinburgh, and the A1 Road runs through the town towards Scotland’s capital as well, so you are well connected when you want to be.
If you have children and are thinking of schools, you’ll be interested in the Curriculum For Excellence Program, which children will follow from pre-school right up to when they leave at aged 18. Education choices include a number of North Berwick nursery schools, primary education from the likes of Law Primary School or Dirleton Primary, and secondary education at North Berwick High School.
Away from study and work, North Berwick has a busy high street, with familiar retailers mixing with a mix of independent shops, local produce, craft items, and other North Berwick produced goods. The town also has an active yacht club, sports centre, and the popular Scottish Seabird Centre. This attraction is located on North Berwick Harbour, and houses a cafe, theatre, gift shops, and discovery centre, which will teach you all about wildlife you can see on the Firth of Forth. You’ll also be able to view webcam action from Bass Rock, nearby volcanic remains, which are home to seals, and a variety of bird species, which include up to 150,000 gannets, razorbills, and guillemots.
There’s plenty to see and do, with lots of facilities and services. Property choices are varied too, with new builds sitting alongside period houses and cottages, which this part of Scotland is known for. Perhaps North Berwick will be the place you’ll find your home by the sea!