Blogs from North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick February 4th 2020

Recently I read Silence by Erling Kagge . Written by the Norwegian polar explorer , I expected a tale of loneliness and a verging on insanity tale of his experiences in the polar extremes. The book touched on his solo South Pole expedition , however its value was much more and touched a chord with many aspects of the running different objective. Erling was quick to point out that you did not need to venture to the ends of the earth to experience silence and, happily for those of us looking , it can often be found closer to home. Earlier in the week I drove the twenty miles down the road to North Berwick and set off for one of my favourite runs – an hour westward along the beach , turn and then retrace ... read more
Bass Rock from North Berwick West Golf Course
World War Two Bunker

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick September 7th 2019

Kirk Yetholm. The finish of the Pennine Way. We’re in Scotland and pretty close to the border but as to what county, shire, district or whatever I have no idea and the blog site has even less. So simply ignore any location details more explicit than Scotland. And yes we have completed the Pennine Way. That’s 460 plus kilometres of hills, mud, moors, mud, forests, mud, tracks, mud, trails, mud, glens, mud, bothys, mud, tarns, mud, cairns, mud, fields, mud, farms, mud, trig points, mud as well as a few pints, steak and ale pies and stick date puddings. The last 26 km today were delightful. Very little mud and good stretches through moors with good intimidating hills interspersed so as to not make them dominating. The views were as expansive as we have become accustomed ... read more
Still up to Windy Gyle.
You guessed it, up to Windy Gyle.
Oops. That’s yesterday’s lunch.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick August 14th 2017

After a little drive through the village for blister medicine and a walk to the harbour where the Fringe Festival, an addition the the Edinburgh Festival, was taking place, we faced with another amazing day on the links. North Berwick has been described by many as quirky, others call it the best golf of the lot. Certainly Gracie has good memories as he shot 60 here. Playing the outward nine into a two to three club wind was no big deal for us, the "wind people from SFL". The first offered a big landing area similar to the Old as the 18th shared the same space; but the second shot presented a different challenge - uphill to a half-blind landing area. The next three were also formadable as well. but our cameras were out as much ... read more
The 1st tee
Proper seaside

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick August 13th 2017

After three pretty strong days on and off the course taking it ALL in from the coastal drive into St Andrews to the closing fish and chips at the famous Dunvegen Hotel, the St Andrews leg was unreal! After an easy drive to North Berwick and to our home for 5 nights, the Golf Lodge, we were off to play Gullane 2 as Gullan 1 was hosting a match (having said that, the locals said we made the right call). Before heading to the course, Emma and John Hill welcomed us to their beeeeeeautiful home and showed us to our rooms - walking distance to the course and village. The Edinburgh Festival is on and North Berwick is part of the "fringe festival" with events day and night - jackpot! Gullune is old school. The courses ... read more
Mike on a mission
Little buckaroos
The 18th

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick July 20th 2012

As we headed down the road towards an abandoned air strip in East Fortune on the coast of Scotland, we all buzzed as we anxiously talked about what to expect on the driving experience. We arrived at the air field and the overcast sky broke to reveal a bright blue Scottish sky to everyone’s delight. As Shane saw the cars for the first time a huge smile appeared that went from ear to ear. We were all able to have a walk around the cars as well as get a chance to sit in them all. There were five cars: a Ferrari 430, Audi R8, Nissan Rt, Porsche GT3 and a race prepped Lotus Elise. Shane had to choose 3 cars to drive and got 3 laps round the coned track in each car. Shanes first ... read more
drivig the Porche
A very happy shane
karla wishing

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick July 11th 2012

After a run in the rain, we decided to get away from the morning rain shower, so we went and saw Ice Age 4. It was probably a lot like seeing it in Canada but we felt a need to get away from the rain for a bit. When it ended, the rain had stopped too! Lucky! So, after having a quick lunch back at home, we headed north and east towards North Berwick. The drive was lovely and our first stop was Seton Collegiate Church. This was an historic church that also had the remains of where 6 priests had lived beside the church. There was also the Castle next door which used to be owned by Lord Seton (a series of Lord Setons through the generations actually) but has been bought fairly recently by ... read more
Seton Collegiate Church
Tantallon Castle
Looking down over Tantallon

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