10 non-golfing things to do in North Berwick

You're coming to North Berwick for the golf - and a great base it is too for a golf break. But there's a lot more to North Berwick than golf. Here are some of the other things you could do:

  • Walk along the beach - there's a choice of two, either side of the harbour. A beach walk should traditionally also involve eating either an ice cream or a bag of chips. Both can be found nearby!

  • Take a boat trip around the Bass Rock - the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. You'll see it at a distance from the local golf courses, take the chance to get close and personal with thousands of seabirds from a boat.
  • The Bass Rock, the world's largest colony of Northern gannets, in the Firth of Forth near North Berwick.
  • Climb North Berwick Law, the conical hill behind the town, for the view. The route to the top is a clearly marked path. The whale jawbones at the top are replicas put in place in 2007. Actual jawbones stood at the top since 1709 but the last set were removed in 2005.

  • Eat lobster al fresco at the Lobster Shack at the harbour, perhaps with a beer or a glass of bubbly on the side. Other seafood is also available.

  • Go gin tasting at NB Gin Distillery with a Connoisseur tour. Artisan gin is BIG in Scotland and North Berwick has its very own distillery. In addition to 3 types of gin, NB Distillery also produces vodka and rum.

  • Spot puffins with a boat trip to the Isle of May. Take a fast Rib from North Berwick Harbour to this seabird colony where around 80,000 puffins return to breed each year. Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and shags also breed on the Isle of May.

  • Learn about lobsters with a visit to the Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery. Find out about their work to main a sustainable lobster population.

  • Visit Dirleton Castle and gardens in pretty Dirleton village, just a short detour off the main road between Gullane and North Berwick. The Castle ruins are some of Scotland's oldest castle buildings.

  • Whisky tasting at the Glenkinchie distillery. What Scottish golf trip would be complete without some whisky. Glenkinchie is the closest working distillery to Edinburgh and North Berwick and produces a light, fruity single malt.

  • Board Concorde at The Museum of Flight and Concorde Experience. The National Museum of Flight is 15 minutes inland from North Berwick and home to Scotland's Concorde, as well as a hangar covering military aviation, hands-on galleries and the only Red Arrows Hawk aircraft on display in the UK.

And also you could :

Have a day, or a night out, in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city and just over half an hour by regular train service from North Berwick - but that's a whole other blog post for another day!