North Berwick to Edinburgh

Trains to North Berwick

Updated September 2011

A wonderful destination for a short train trip from Edinburgh is North Berwick. The journey only takes 35 minutes and it's one of the must see places around Edinburgh with its gorgeous beach and Bass Rock -- the extinct volcano 3 miles off shore, now one of the largest bird colonies in Europe. The train service runs regularly, every hour until late in the evening.

The rail line to North Berwick is a single track extension off the main East Coast line to Berwick-Upon-Tweed and London so, in effect, you take the same train back into Edinburgh. Sometimes you see the blazing fast red Virgin trains go past.

The train slows down considerably before coming to a complete standstill at the train station in North Berwick. If you stand on the platform and look the other way you'll probably not even hear it coming.

The views from the train are excellent on a clear day. You can see the oil tanks on the Firth of Forth and Fife on the other side. You also have the chance to spot a couple of castles and, in the summer, see the fields of barley East Lothian is also known as the Granary of Scotland for.

The train station in North Berwick is about 10 minutes walking distance from the beach and the town is absolutely wonderful. It feels like having a private holiday resort half an hour's train journey from Edinburgh. For a £4.70 cheap day return ticket, it's well worth it.

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