A – Z of Locations: N is for North Berwick

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

N is for North Berwick

On our road trip to Scotland in 2016 we drove up the eastern side of England stopping off every couple of days to explore the surroundings. After leaving Alnwick in Northumberland our next destination was Edinburgh, but instead of driving along the A1 the whole way, we diverted onto the coastal route through Eyemouth, stopping at St Abbs, then Dunbar and Tantallon Castle and finally North Berwick.

Pretty terraced cottages off Melbourne Place (leading to the harbour and beaches)
Quirky shop in the Melbourne Place car park.

North Berwick is a seaside resort, only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, with a range of eclectic shops, cafes, fish and chip shops and bars and home to the Scottish Seabird Centre where you can learn about puffins, razorbills and more.

St Andrew’s Auld Kirk ruins. Built in the 12th century the church collapsed into the sea in the 17th century. There is a more detailed history inside the shell of the old porch .
Life size bronze sculpture by Kenny Hunter called The Watcher. Dressed in outdoor wear, typical of a bird watcher or naturalist, who is gazing out towards Bass Rock through binoculars. Commissioned by the Scottish Seabird Centre through the Gateway Project.

The aim was to visit the Lobster Shack for lunch and we were looking forward to a steaming bowl of chowder. Alas as so many plans fail, the shack was only open at the weekends and our arrival was a Thursday.

Lobster Shack – shutters down.
The small harbour crammed with boats.
Memorial cross

Another unusual event was that after weeks of hot weather we drove the entire journey from Alnwick in fog! Thick fog. So thick that we could not see the huge Bass Rock which is, according to the latest bird count, home to the world’s largest colony of Northern Gannets nor the steep conical hill known as “Berwick Law” , actually a volcanic plug that erupted from the landscape over 300 million years ago, which overlooks the town.

We had a wander around the old pier, despite not being able to see very much.

In fact we struggled to even see the beaches!

We eventually gave up and retired to the Seabird Café for a warming cup of coffee and some excellent cake. Still no views though.

Arctic tern sculpture by Geoffrey Dashwood at Scottish Seabird Centre

I’m sure North Berwick is a lovely place to visit in better weather and I am glad that we stopped by despite the fog and lack of chowder.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

32 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: N is for North Berwick”

  1. The positive of the fog is that it made some subjects “pop”. Strange weather all about. The sculpture is wonderful and I imagine makes the visitors stand and take notice.

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