When the weather is warm and the sun is out (it does occasionally happen in Scotland), there’s is nothing better than spending the day at the seaside. Last weekend with the temperature soaring above 20 degrees, I headed to the gorgeous town of North Berwick, which is just under 40 minutes on the train from Edinburgh Waverley Station.
Situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, this beautiful seaside town is the perfect size to explore in a day and is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh that you feel quite removed from city life. The high-street consists of a series of boutiques, cafes and charity shops – with brightly coloured buildings and just a stone’s throw away from the sea. The beach itself is wonderfully maintained and clean, as is the harbour area which houses the very popular Lobster Shack.
If you are thinking of taking a day trip there (particularly in the next couple of weeks with this UK heatwave taking place) then have a read of my top recommendations and places to visit in this idyllic, coastal town.
This hill is situated on the edge of the town and overlooks North Berwick, the Firth of Forth, and the surrounding farmland. Compared to Arthur’s Seat, this is an absolute breeze to climb and well worth a visit on a clear and sunny day.
North Berwick Cafes
As we walked down the high-street, we were completely spoilt for choice with cafes. There are so many attractive, cosy-looking coffee shops. We settled on Cake Cafe which did a nice coffee (very generously sized) and offered a good selection of cakes. On my next visit there are two that really caught my eye that I would love to try- one was Steampunk Coffee and the other was Zanzibar – they only take cash though, so make sure you have some change if you visit here!
North Berwick Waterfront and Harbour
This is one of the loveliest parts of this seaside town. Take time to walk along the waterfront and around the harbour. There are some lovely viewpoints from here looking across the beach, which on a sunny day is a real hive of activity. Do be wary of diving seagulls ready to take their next ice-cream victim – there were a couple of near misses with passersby!
Just behind the harbour there are a series of beach huts which display local artists work. Be sure to have a browse, there are some stunning pieces and prints available to buy!
Lunch-stops and Ice-cream
For a small town there are quite a few places to choose from for lunch. We were very tempted with the Lobster Shack but there was a 45 minute wait! We ended up at Signals Bistro and I had one of the best lunches here since moving to Scotland. There’s a really lovely vibe to this bistro, open plan with ample outdoor seating. I had half a lobster with chips and salad, which was so tasty – a really enjoyable meal with beautiful company!
Just 30 seconds walk from there is Gelateria Alandas. We stopped here after lunch, which was one of the best decisions of the day. They have a huge selection of ice-cream, reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. A must-visit destination for any ice-cream lover!
All in all, North Berwick is one of the nicest seaside towns I’ve visited and definitely somewhere I’d love to return to in the not-so-distant future. Where’s your favourite seaside destination?