The Royal Burgh of Haddington is a pretty market town which was built in the 12th Century and sits proudly in the centre of East Lothian. Here you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries. Relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms in the town including Diggory’s or the Peter Potter Gallery with idyllic views over the River Tyne.
For something a little more substantial The Golf Tavern has an excellent reputation for fresh food and friendly service. Freshly picked vegetable boxes, including fruit and eggs can also be delivered straight to your door by Phantassie Organics, or the Knowes Farm Shop in the village of East Linton offers a huge selection of home-grown and home-made goodies including locally reared quality meats and game, delicious pates, soups, jams and chutneys as well as local crab, lobster and langoustines. Head to Haddington farmers’ market on the last Saturday of every month for a friendly atmosphere and a tempting selection of home produced specialities.
North Berwick is small and friendly seaside town with a spectacular coastline featuring expansive sandy beaches which are perfect for some bucket and spade time, but also a haven for wildlife and birdlife. The Scottish Seabird Centre is located here, and you can take boat trips from the harbour while nature lovers and photographers can enjoy a seabird catamaran cruise or a three island safari, taking in the outstanding seabird sanctuary of the Bass Rock and the Isle of May.
There’s everything for outdoor enthusiasts with fantastic walking and cycling in the John Muir Country Park where you can explore remote sandy bays and ancient castles along the way. For watersports, superb kayaking can be found around the waterways, with thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at Foxlake. Surf buffs can enjoy some wonderful sport right along the coast, while dive charters from the harbour take in the stunning nature reserve sites of this area.
For golf, the area is world-famous for its stunning links courses with the North Berwick club right on the doorstep, and Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane all within easy reach.
The shopping in North Berwick is small and friendly with plenty of quality independent traders and places for eating out with everything from trendy cafes and ice cream parlours mixed with characterful restaurants and bars, ranging from the small and intimate to the rustic outdoor experience of the Lobster Shack!
Other highlights include the North Berwick Highland Games; Fringe by the Sea; and Puffin Fest which celebrates the return of the puffins to the local islands.