Scotland: Daytrip to North Berwick

Most people don’t think of Scotland as being a beachside destination, but those people are missing out. Even if you don’t have the time to get up to the beaches on the Isles of Sky, Lewis, or Harris (which, if you do, you need to go!), you should make time on your next trip to go on at least one little seaside jaunt.

My favourite escape from Edinburgh is North Berwick. It’s technically further from Portobello, but if you catch a train from Waverley it’ll take you the same time as it would have sitting on a bus.

Although not far from the city, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to some quaint fishing village a million miles away.

Even in the winter, the beach is filled with families bundled up in waxed jackets and wellies out for a stroll with their dogs.

Right in the centre of it all is the Scottish Seabird Centre. The museum itself is a bit meh unless you’re traveling with small kids. But in about a month’s time you’ll be able to book guided boats out to the sea to see the wildlife, and those are truly magical.

They’ve got smaller, choppier boats for the more adventurous out there as well as slightly larger Catamaran Cruises. Keep on the look out for the adorable little puffins, or even dolphins if you’re lucky!

Otherwise, you can take a stroll along the otherworldly beach, or even play a round of golf on the West Links right on the shoreline!

After spending the day exploring the shoreline and catching up, Mel and I headed back to town for lunch.

Our favourite spot in North Berwick is a place called Steampunk, which you may be familiar if you’ve ever been to the Stockbridge market and seen their little espresso van.

It’s located in an old church building right in the centre of town and is full of interesting decor that perfectly toes the line between luxurious and modern.

And if you do go, you’ve got to get their grilled cheese sandwiches. They’ve got about five different combinations to choose from that change daily and with the seasons.

We all opted for the prosciutto melt with a side of Thai red lentil soup. It was exactly what we needed to warm up after the blustery winter walk on the beach.

I mean, honestly, just look at that crust!

North Berwick Day Trip Edinburgh Scotland

Having had our fill, we went back for one more stroll around town, dipping into the charming little independent shops as we went along.

If one day in North Berwick isn’t enough for you, there are plenty of places to stay the night. Last summer I stayed in a lovely old farmhouse run by an old Scottish couple. Unfortunately, they seem to have taken down the listing, but this little cottage and this dreamy little flat both look lovely. And if you’re looking to splurge with a group, spending a night or two in this manor house would be an absolutely dream.

Sadly, an overnight stay wasn’t on the cards this time around. But looking one last time over the little beach, I knew it certainly wasn’t the last I’d return.




  1. 20/07/2017 / 01:31

    I want to visit Scotland so badly! I’m hoping to go next spring with my family. There’s so much to explore there.

    • 20/07/2017 / 13:32

      You’ll love it! Late spring is the best time to visit in my opinion – longer days and warmer weather, plus the mites won’t be out quite yet 🙂

  2. 20/07/2017 / 23:42

    The composition of your photos is really amazing! I especially love the colourful shots of the boats, it feels so summery 🙂

  3. 21/07/2017 / 00:15

    That looks fantastic – great pics. I’ve never been to Scotland but it sounds fun.

  4. 21/07/2017 / 00:44

    Thanks for the interesting article. Hope i can visit that beautiful place and adopt a sexy dutch accent.

    • 21/07/2017 / 00:49

      Haha isn’t that the dream, Xander?

  5. 21/07/2017 / 02:16

    Scotland is at the very TOP of my bucket list! I have wanted to visit there for so long. My family ancestry traces back to the Isle of Skye, among other places. Thanks so much for your description of your visit to North Berwick.

    • 21/07/2017 / 02:50

      The Isle of Sky has got to be the most beautiful part of Scotland! You’ll love it when you finally do go 🙂

  6. Amanda K
    21/07/2017 / 02:51

    What an amazing place to visit. So beautiful and that prosciutto melt looks amazing!

    • 21/07/2017 / 02:56

      Amanda, you have no idea, that melt was to die for! I still sadly haven’t been able to make one quite as good at home.

  7. 21/07/2017 / 07:53

    Your photography is amazing, I’ve only visited Scotland once, and didn’t get to truly explore. I hope to head back there and backpack for a few months.
    I have pinned this post x

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:28

      Thanks Kerry! There’s a famous trail called The West Highland Way that you should look into if you do decide to backpack – it runs all the way from Fort William in the highlands to near Glasgow. The Jon Muir Way is another great trail and actually runs right through North Berwick!

  8. 21/07/2017 / 09:08

    Sandwiches made me hungry. Scotland is on list for next year. Will come back to this post again 🙂

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:31

      Steampunk always has the best food. Enjoy Scotland when you go Mamta!

  9. 21/07/2017 / 09:13

    Same goes for The Netherlands and yet we found some amazing beaches! Because Scotland is on the top of our bucket list I’ll save this interesting article for later use, thank you!

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:24

      Oh I’ve heard great things about the Dutch beaches as well, I’m really keen to check them out! Glad you found it useful Dany 🙂

  10. 21/07/2017 / 09:29

    Lovely pictures. Quiet interesting. y

  11. 21/07/2017 / 10:36

    You’re right, as a foreigner, i won’t think of scotland as a beach area. Your photos are great. How is it swimming there though? I warm can it get during summer or the warmest month?

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:19

      Being an ocean, the water never truly warms up, but it definitely gets hot enough during the summer that the cooler water is refreshing! If you’re really adventurous, you can even throw on a wetsuit and go surfing! My university had a team that would go out even in the winter, I don’t think I’d ever be brave enough for that though. And Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris in the highlands was actually named one of the best in the world, if you can believe it 🙂

  12. 21/07/2017 / 10:53

    Everything about this place looks so good, including the food and fishing village. <3

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:20

      It’s a lovely place, and during the summer you can sit at a little restaurant on the beach and eat lobster fresh off the boat – it’s the best!

  13. 21/07/2017 / 12:45

    Mmm sandwich looks very delicious! And the photos are making me visit North Berwick when in Scotland (Which have to be soon! :D)

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:32

      You should absolutely visit North Berwick! It’s only 30 mins on the train from Edinburgh, but really takes you a world away.

  14. Ron Leyba
    22/07/2017 / 05:16

    What a nice amazing place. Would love to visit there too, soon! So enchanting.

    • 22/07/2017 / 13:37

      Thank you Ron, I hope you do get the chance to visit one day!

  15. 24/07/2017 / 07:46

    Awww this looks so dreamy. I love all the seaside atmosphere. So far I’ve visited Scotland only once, I guess I have to go back 😉

  16. 25/07/2017 / 10:04

    So Steampunk looks like the greatest place ever, and being a Melbourne coffee snob I can not WAIT to visit when I make it to Scotland! And prosciutto toastie? Yes please!!

  17. 26/07/2017 / 04:08

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get back to Europe someday soon.

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