North Berwick harbour
Girl on North Berwick beach
Steampunk Cafe in North Berwick

things to do

North Berwick is a beautiful seaside town in East Lothian, with fabulous beaches, golf courses, a historic harbour (where you can eat lobster and chips), excursion boats and an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Bonshaw by the Beach, on Melbourne Road, is a few metres from the beach and a 5 minute walk from the High Street, Scottish Seabird Centre and the harbour.

Just 35 minutes from Edinburgh there are wonderful views of the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock, the world’s largest northern gannet colony with 150,000 birds on the rock.

Here is a list of just some of the many things to do and see. There are many attractions, restaurants and shops North Berwick has to offer.


Food, drink and days out

Restaurants and Cafes

Herringbone

Good varied menu, cocktails & craft beers. Very popular so you might need to book. Open lunchtime till late.
theherringbone.co.uk

Lobster Shack

Freshly cooked, locally caught lobster or fish & chips. Eat it at the harbour or on the rocks looking out to sea.
the lobster shack

The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer is situated in what was once North Berwick’s Coastguard Station at North Berwick Harbour. It serves fresh local produce in enclosed inside/outside surroundings. North Berwick lobster, fish and chips, seafood platter and burgers.
rocketeerrestaurant.co.uk

Steam punk

Sit in or take-away coffee (they roast their own), homemade cake, soup and sandwiches. Seating outside or inside in an interesting interior.
steampunkcoffee.co.uk

Seabird Centre cafe

Cafe on the harbour with a sea view deck to sit outside, weather permitting. Lunch, coffee and cake.
seabird.org

Buttercup cafe

One of North Berwick's wee gems. Breakfast, lunch, cake and great homemade scones.
92 High St, North Berwick EH39 4HE

Drift

Drift coffee house is made up of 6 shipping containers sitting on the edge of a cliff looking over the sea to the Bass Rock. Just outside North Berwick, on the coastal road to Dunbar, it's a must visit.
drift cafe

North Berwick Fry

Never had a bad fish supper from here. There's usually a queue so lots of other people must think so too!
11 Quality St, North Berwick EH39 4HJ

Cake cafe

Independent, family friendly cafe for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake.
104 High St, North Berwick EH39 4HE

Places to visit

Bass Rock & the Isle of May

Boat trips can be booked at the Scottish Seabird Centre, with Braveheart and Sula boat trips bring available at the harbour from easter through to autumn. They have a variety of trips from a 3 island Seabird Safari to a tour of the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. Being close to these islands with gannets and puffins circling around is quite an experience.
seabird.org.visit/boats
northberwickboattrips.co.uks
sulaboattrips.co.uk

seafari.co.uk

Scottish Seabird Centre

An environmental hub where you can see close-ups of seabirds and mammals via interactive live cameras. There is a discovery area, cafe with a seaside decked area and seasonal boat trips as listed above.
seabird.org

Museum of flight

Aviation adventure at East Fortune airfield. Trace the history of aviation from the First World War to today and visit Concorde.
nms.ac.uk

Dirleton and Tantallon Castles

Dirleton Castle is a medieval fortress 2 miles west of North Berwick. A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th Century. Tantallon Castle has spectacular views of the Bass Rock with towers to climb and a grim pit prison to visit.
visitscotland.com dirleton castle
visitscotland.com tantallon castle

The John Muir Way

The John Muir Way runs through North Berwick. Climbing Berwick Law gives great views of the town, Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh, Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock. There are so many walks to do, with miles upon miles of glorious sandy beaches.
johnmuirway.org

Golf courses

East Lothian is well known for its links golf courses. There are many to choose from!
golfeastlothian.com

Get into the sea

Sailing course are available for all levels. Contact the East Lothian Yacht Club for details.
elyc.org.uk

To get amongst the stunning coastline of North Berwick and East Lothian Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks are available for hire.
gosupscotland.com

Bostock bakery North Berwick
Bakeries in North Berwick

Shopping

Groceries

Wilson's Fruit and Veg

Great wee shop selling locally sourced produce.
9 Market Place.

Earth Matters

Refills of dish washing liquid etc. Veggie & vegan foods.
94 High Street.

Nisa local

A handy little supermarket, 5 minute walk from Bonshaw.
18-26 High Street.

Co-op

Another small supermarket which is open till 10pm most nights.
117 High Street.

Anderson’s Quality Butchers

Family owned award-winning butcher.
36 High Street.

Bostock Bakery

Wonderful artisan bakery specialising in sourdough bread, pastries & cakes, all made fresh daily.
42 High Street

‘Why Not’

Delicatessen, cafe and over twenty independent retailers under one roof selling locally sourced produce and crafts.
91 High Street

Lockett Bros

Specialist whisky and wine merchants.
133 High Street

Supermarkets

There are 2 supermarkets which are a 5 minute drive from North Berwick.

Tesco - Tantallon Road

Aldi - Dunbar Road.

Browsing the High Street

Great Escape

Lifestyle and leisure clothing and footwear. They also supply Stand Up Paddle Boards , Surfboards and a limited amount of Sailing equipment.

Time and Tide

Simple, natural home interiors. Shop for everything from clocks, lamps & cushions to furniture, accessories & more.

Chandlers

Knitters heaven

Madame Butterfly

Gifts, homeware, vintage and furniture.

Norden

Scandi furniture and home accessories.

Rock & Bird

Art supplies, stationery, crafts and toys.

Etc.

Fantastic kitchenware and gift ideas.

Turnbulls Hardware

Fabulous hardware and DIY shop.

Essentials

Banks

TSB - 41 High Street

Bank of Scotland - 23 Westgate

Post office

7 High Street

Chemists

Boots - 80 High Street

Smith's Pharmacy - 66 High Street

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