Sunday, 19 May 2024

Beautiful seaside town named one of UK’s best so posh it has a yacht club

A beautiful seaside town in Scotland has been named as one of the best in the UK – and it’s so posh it has a yacht club.

North Berwick has been rated as fifth most popular seaside location in the whole country, beating iconic towns down south including Brighton and Blackpool by rankings published in The Telegraph. 

Located just 20 miles outside Edinburgh, the East Lothian beach town is widely popular among locals, fellow Scots and tourists from further afield. 

The town boasts sandy beaches, independent shops and a historic golf course all on the bonnie banks of the Firth of Forth.

The scenic southern shores of the Firth of Forth in East Lothian make for a perfect day at the coast, with weddings, picnics and family gatherings regularly taking place along the seafront in the summer months

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The town’s two sandy bays are popular with tourists – but are much more peaceful than some of the hotspots in the south of England. Of course, the weather isn’t as nice – but temperatures still sometimes reach the low 20s in the summer months.

The town is jam-packed full of independent shops, including Bostock Bakery, Alandas Gelation, a gin distillery and the Why Not? artisan market.

There are also more than 20 golf courses in the surrounding area.

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It is also home to a tennis club, a yacht club, and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Visitors can also catch boat trips to nearby islands, ensuring a fun-filled day out for the entire family.

North Berwick, which a became popular resort in the 19th century, is a quintessential Scottish seaside town, with two vast golden sandy beaches to play on, rock pools to explore and great seafood and fish and chips – try the Lobster Shack in the harbour.

It is not the first time North Berwick has been in the limelight, with the town crowned the best place to live in Scotland in 2021 in the Sunday Times annual list.

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A short bus ride east from North Berwick is the semi-ruined Tantallon Castle, a red sandstone fortress built in the 14th century high on a cliff edge. 

For those who love playing golf, then it will be exciting to know that  East Lothian is home to some of the world’s best links courses, including North Berwick’s West Links, Muirfield and Gullane. 

The easiest way to get there is by driving, or taking a train from Edinburgh Waverley station.

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