North Berwick

North Berwick

At NORTH BERWICK there is an old-fashioned atmosphere; the guesthouses and hotels along the coast line are characterized by the restraint inherent in buildings from the Victoria and Edward Era. The main attractions of the city are two broad, Sandy beaches, located near two volcanic hills, Bass Rock i North Berwick Law, from which you can see them. The beaches surround both shores of a narrow bay, which is on the extension of Victoria Road, short, main street of the city, which in turn is an extension of Quality Street.

Little is left of the old, medieval city. At most, the ruins of the Old Church (Auld Kirk) next to the bay remember some unique event in Scottish history. W 1590 r., when King James VI was spending his summer in Denmark, applying for favors of his future spouse, Francis Stuart, Earl of Bothwell, plotted against him. Hearing, that the king is to return soon, a zealous black magician summoned the witches of Lothian to the Sabbath at Auld Kirk. Bothwell disguised himself as Satan and ordered his two hundred acolytes to unleash a storm, which was about to sink the ship carrying the king. To give the curse proper power, several graves were dug up and the flagellation was carried out. Then followed the submission of a kiss on the bare butt of the "devil" standing in the pulpit, which-as follows from the relationship – "Was cold as ice and hard as iron". Despite his evil plots, James VI happily docked at the port. He disbelieved hearing of Bothwell's treason, and did not punish the count. Perhaps the king entrusted the blasphemer to providence with judgment. Since Satan was unable to do any harm to him, apparently the monarch enjoyed God's blessing. James VI expressed his convictions in the treatise "On the divine rights of kings".

Practical information

In distance 10 a min walk east of downtown North Berwick, that make up Abbey Road, Westgate i High Street, there is a train station, where trains from Berwick-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh frequently stop. Buses from Edinburgh stop on the High Street, a from Haddington and Dunbar outside the tourist information office on Quality St (half of IV-V Mon-Sat. 9.00-18.00: VI-IX pn.-sb. 9.00-20.00, nd. 11.00-18.00; X-half of IV Mon-Fri. 9.00-17.00; telephone 01620/892197). You can buy a city map here and for 1 £ to secure your accommodation reservation, which is especially useful in the summer season.

Some perfect B&B is open from April to September. They include Mrs Duns, 20Marmion Rd (telephone 01620/892066), MrsMcQueen,5 WBayRd (telephone 06120/894576). In the off-season, you can stay at Mrs Clelland, 16 Marina Parade (telephone 01620/892879), Mrs Ralph, 13 Westgate (telephone 01620/892782), lubAfa Gray, 12 Marine Parade (telephone 01620/ 892884). Accommodation is offered at the well-kept Craigview Guest House, 5 Beach Rd (telephone 01620/ 892257), i drogi hotel Point Garry, 20 W Bay Rd (IV-X; telephone 01620/892380). Nearest camping is Tantallon Rhodes Cararnn Park (IV-X; telephone 01620/893348) it is picturesquely situated at the top of a cliff, a few kilometers east of the city center, access by bus to Dunbar (pn.-sb. 6 daily, nd. 2 daily).

A couple of little cafes, jak Buttercup na High St, offers cheap food, but for a more abundant meal, you'd better go to Harding's, on 2 Rd station next to the train station (Wed-Sat; telephone 01620/894737), where you can choose a tasty dish and good wine from the daily menu.