Top 10 Things to do in North Berwick, Scotland

North Berwick (/nɔːrθ ˈbɛrɪk/; Scottish Gaelic: Bearaig a Tuath) is a seaside town and former royal burgh in East Lothian, Scotland. It is situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, approximately 25 miles (40 km) north-east of Edinburgh. North Berwick became a fashionable holiday resort in the nineteenth century because of its two sandy bays, the East (or Milsey) Bay and the West Bay, and continues to attract holidaymakers. Golf courses at the ends of each bay are open to visitors.

1. National Museum of Flight

| East Fortune Airfield, North Berwick EH39 5LF, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums, Military Museums, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 918 reviews

National Museum of Flight

Check in for an aviation adventure at East Fortune airfield! Trace the history of aviation from the First World War to today or join the jet set on a Boeing 707 and Concorde. Go interactive in hands-on galleries, where you can find out how aircraft fly and the skills you need to fly them. Open daily 10:00-17:00 April-Oct, Saturday and Sunday only 10:00-16:00 Nov-March.

Reviewed By paulcL3717NU - Glasgow, United KingdomGlasgow, United Kingdom

Concorde is worth the entrance fee alone

Great place to spend half a day. It’s well organised, with great aircraft throughout the ages on display. Concorde is amazing and offers a great opportunity to get up close, wander through the cabin and fill in the gaps of your knowledge on this iconic ai

2. Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles, Historic Sites
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Tantallon Castle

Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.

Reviewed By Iweinvanaalst - Nijlen, BelgiumNijlen, Belgium

Impregnable stronghold

Tantallon castle was erected by William Douglas in the 1350s and modernised in the sixteenth century (outer gate, fore tower, modification hall block).The stronghold was reputed impregnable and successfully withstood royal sieges in 1491 and 1528. Alas, t

3. Seacliff Beach

North Berwick EH39 5PP, Scotland Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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Seacliff Beach

Reviewed By 6tinkerbella678 - York, United KingdomYork, United Kingdom

Beautiful

Amazing beach. The view is stunning, the sand is soft between your toes. There are a huge amount of rock pools with lots of activity in them. You may even find a fossil. The sea was clear and a beautiful turquoise. The car park is £3 and has no frills but

4. Scottish Seabird Centre

The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Scottish Seabird Centre

Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips.

Reviewed By Mr_OldandGrumpy - Dundee, United KingdomDundee, United Kingdom

Fantastic service in the cafe

Visited the cafe for lunch. The staff were friendly and helpful and coped well with our families and grandchildren. The food was good and they were happy to alter dishes to meet the demands of awkward eating children.

5. Bass Rock

North Berwick, Scotland Nature & Parks, Islands
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Bass Rock

Reviewed By Scottieboyuk - Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom

Great beach hear!

This is a great place to visit, to be honest there's not much around but that what really good about going here, the view is spectacular, the beach is clean and really good to walk on and whats more, as you can see the dog loved it.If the dog happy then w

6. NB Distillery

| Halflandbarns, North Berwick EH39 5PW, Scotland Food & Drink, Distilleries
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NB Distillery

A real distillery that produces multi award winning NB Gin, vodka and rum offering a luxury visitor experience and The Cellar Door shop that has great cellar door prices on all products!

Reviewed By WeAreTeamRobinson

Stopped by unannounced

Driving past and happened to see the sign at the end of the road - we’d heard of the distillery and decided to go and take a look. A tour was happening upstairs but a few minutes after we arrived the owner came down and was incredibly friendly and helpful

7. Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings More
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Dirleton Castle

A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest.

Reviewed By Iweinvanaalst - Nijlen, BelgiumNijlen, Belgium

Highlight of our holiday

Dirleton castle was erected after 1239 by order of John II de Vaux.Damaged by sieges and eventually deliberately slighted during the wars of independence it was partly rebuilt by the Haliburton family from 1350 onward. The original layout changed drastica

8. Yellowcraig Beach

Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5DS, Scotland Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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Yellowcraig Beach

Reviewed By countessraven - essexessex

lovely bracing walk along the beach

We decided on a trip to North Berwick as a day out whilst staying at a hotel in Edinburgh. The drive took about 45 minutes. The beach is a short ten minute walk from the car park which when we visited in January was free. This beach which is a stones thro

9. The Lodge Grounds

East Road, North Berwick EH39 4HN, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites More
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The Lodge Grounds

Reviewed By Rossergruffydd - Glasgow, United KingdomGlasgow, United Kingdom

Beautiful and Well Maintained Gardens and Aviary just off the Mainstreet

The old gardens of a town house of the Dalrymple-Hamiltons now open to the public and very well maintained by the council and volunteers. A wide range of exotic plants thanks to the favourable climate hereabouts and some knowledgeable gardeners. Nice to s

10. North Berwick Harbour

28 Victoria Road, North Berwick EH39 4JL, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Piers & Boardwalks
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North Berwick Harbour

Reviewed By enjoyinglife49 - Paisley, United KingdomPaisley, United Kingdom

What a view

The views from the well kept clean and tidy harbour are lovely. The public toilets were very clean and the sea life centre is there as well.

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