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North Berwick

A day trip to the Firth of Forth

from Edinburgh, Scotland


ABOVE: North Berwick's beaches are as broad as the distinctive local accent. INSET BELOW: A sand-filled jacket (original occupant's whereabouts unknown).

by Anders Imboden

photoScotland’s capital is full of things to do, but if you find yourself in Edinburgh for more than a couple of days, a day trip out of the city is a worthwhile endeavor. One destination is North Berwick, which is just a 35-minute train ride away from the heart of Edinburgh. Housing the five-star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick is also home to broad, lengthy beaches, world-class golf courses, and spectacular offshore islands overflowing with fauna.

The Royal Burgh of North Berwick was established in the 14th century, and in that time has fancied itself as a fishery, golfing capital, top getaway destination, and a nature lover’s utopia. And according to legend, the town even played host to Satan during its 16th century witch trials.

But over the past hundred-odd years, North Berwick has managed to attract healthy numbers of more “temporal” guests, and with good reason. There is plenty to enjoy in this little town on the Firth of Forth.

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photosAbout the author:

Anders Imboden wrote this article while studying Politics at the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Premier League football at Maltings International, where he became a wee publican.

Article and North Berwick photos copyright © Anders Imboden.
Anders Imboden photo copyright ©  Heather Magers Keefe.

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