North Berwick Harbour is the place where you can catch a boat for a trip around the Bass Rock and various islands nearby. It’s a great place to stroll around on a warm, sunny day and there are many places to sit and sample the local delicacies.
You can sample some of the fresh local seafood at the popular Lobster Shack or the nearby Rocketeer Restaurant (with new perspex canopies and windbreaks for sitting outside). Both are open from Monday, 19 March 2018.
Seabirds and Lobsters
Once the location of a large open air swimming pool and pavilion, North Berwick harbour is now home to the Scottish Seabird Centre which has a great cafe and shop. It has an outside seating area with sweeping views of the East Bay and the Bass Rock. The Seabird Centre was officially opened in May 2000 and there are ambitious plans to extend the Centre into a National Marine Centre for Scotland.
The harbour area is also home to the Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery, which is open from April to the end of October. It’s open seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm, during school holidays and Bank Holidays.
The harbour area is steeped in ancient history. Once a popular stopping place for pilgrims on their way to St Andrews, there is also a darker side to the harbour area…
North Berwick Witch Trials
In 1590 of a number of people from East Lothian were accused of witchcraft in the St Andrew’s Kirk. The North Berwick Witch Trials ran for two years and implicated around seventy people. Those alleged to be witches were claimed to have held their covens on the Old Kirk on Anchor Green in the harbour area. The confessions were extracted by torture in the Old Tolbooth in Edinburgh.
Some of the old Kirk ruins still exist today.