Stirling may have mountain ranges right on its doorstep but there’s no seaside so if you feel like some fresh sea air and a hearty portion of fish and chips, I recommend hopping on the train to North Berwick. Via Edinburgh, the journey will take about an hour and a half.
Personal tip: a day at the seaside is a highly effective hangover cure
North Berwick has all you could wish for from a quaint old seaside town – sandy beaches, some rocky crags and beautiful views towards the islands, home to thousands of birds. With the amount of cafes around, you won’t have the chance to get hungry or dehydrated. North Berwick’s also a great destination for someone who’s looking to buy a gift. You’ll find lots of quirky shops on the high street.
The Scottish Seabird Centre is one of the town’s principal attractions and can’t be missed right on the seafront. Visitors can watch live webcam footage from the bird islands and learn all about seabirds, their history and habits.
If you’re making the journey by car, stop off in Dirleton along the way. The local castle is a prime example of historic Scottish architecture. Castle Inn pub just across the street serves up local produce in a laid-back atmosphere with a roaring log fire. When we stopped by, there was fresh game on the menu that changes regularly.
Nearby Myreton Motor Museum is also worth a visit. Housed in an old barn, the museum is home to a private vehicle collection dating from 1899.
– Miss Red