A little town at the Sea-Side

This is where I grew up. It's got two fantastic beaches, an eighteenth century Harbour and two (and a half!) full size golf courses (go to the beach to find out more about them). From the beach, you can walk three miles westwards to Yellowcraig

North Berwick is situated 25 miles (40 Km) east of Edinburgh on the bottom lip of the Firth of Forth. There is a train service which takes 35 minutes to get you into Edinburgh (despite the rolling stock being older than I am) and a couple of decent roads. The town is on a bit of a peninsula, and so is not on the road from anywhere to anywhere. This adds to its charm, as anyone who comes here isn't simply passing through.

The hill at the back is Berwick Law and well worth a visit.

One of the main local industries is tourism. There are plenty of hotels, ranging from the large and expensive to the cheap and cheerful. There's also a couple of caravan sites and plenty of bed-and-breakfasts.

The town has a population of roughly 5000 and has most of the essential amenities - decent schools, a health centre, shops, five churches, a supermarket, plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Last, but not least, North Berwick boasts an award-winning public lavatory. It's free to use and well worth a visit. Some day, all loos will be built like this one.

I'm going to add a list of recommended local businesses for the day tripper or prospective holidaymaker. To get on the list they have to be both child-friendly and good value. I will have tested them all out with my family beforehand. If they put up with my children, they'll put up with anyone's.

watch this space


Here are some more photos of the town, taken from the West beach


Moonrise at midnight

This is a picture I took at midnight BST (23:00 GMT) in early July 1997. The sun had set a short while earlier and as it was midsummer, it was twighlight all night. There was a full moon and a very big spring tide. This photo was taken at low tide from a part of the beach very rarely exposed. I set my camera on a rock and set it to a very long exposure and crossed my fingers.