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Narrow streets lead down to North Berwick harbour flanked by excellent beaches, with the ruined 12th century North Berwick Auld Kirk by the harbour wall.

 

The Scottish Seabird Centre is a popular award-winning visitor attraction in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland. Gannet Colony at Bass Rock.

The Glen Golf Club. A superb links golf course in North Berwick, Scotland, enjoying stunning views across the Firth of Forth. North Berwick Golf Breaks.

North Berwick Golf Club. At North Berwick we take pride in providing the best of tradition and hospitality together with a unique golfing challenge. North Berwick Golf Print.

Tantallon Castle North Berwick ScotlandTantallon Castle. This famous stronghold of the Douglases occupies a magnificent situation on the rocky coast of the Firth of Forth. Its historical renown is overmatched by the romantic glamour shed upon it through the part it plays in Scott's Marmion. The great frontal curtain wall, flanked by round towers and having an imposing central gatehouse, dates from the fourteenth century, and is one of the grandest things of its kind in Scotland. Outside the castle are extensive earthworks, some of which represent the defences thrown up against the cannon of James V in 1526; while others, still further out, date from the Civil War. Located on the coast about three miles east of North Berwick, Scotland. North Berwick Witches Print.

North Berwick WitchesWitchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches. King James' treatise was written at a period of dramatic change in Scottish witchcraft and after a period of intense prosecution in Scotland. It was republished in England in the year of James' accession to the English throne. This book offers a modernized, glossed and fully annotated edition of the "Daemonologie", the pamphlet "Newes from Scotland" and of manuscript material related to the trials of the North Berwick witches not available previously on print or only in early 19th-century editions. A substantial introduction reviews the importance of the trials in the last decade of the 16th century in Scotland, places them in the context of Renaissance thought and culture, and locates the King's treatise in the context of the contemporary demonological discussion to which the "Daemonologie" provided a useful introduction. Full annotations are provided. Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches (Exeter Studies in History).

Dirleton Castle is located in the village of Dirleton on the Edinburgh to North Berwick Road. Not far from the wide village green of Dirleton, in a lovely flower garden, stands one of the most picturesque castle ruins in Scotland. The oldest buildings, a group of towers, are thought to have been built in 1225 for John de Vaux, seneschal of the Queen Marie de Coucy, and are among the first examples of a "clustered donjon" in this country. Other additions were made to the castle in the 14th and 16th Centuries; of these original buildings a three-storey Renaissance portion still stands with the three drum towers, part of the walls, a 16th Century circular dovecot and 17th Century bowling green. In 1298, the castle was besieged by Edward I but in 1311 it was retaken by the Scots. In 1650 it fell to Cromwell's troops, and was destroyed by General Lambert. Dirleton Castle was a compact and powerful building crammed on to a restricted site and combining powerful defences with excellent accommodation. The three large towers were built of dressed ashlar and rose from long spreading bases from the edge of the rock. The largest tower housed a polygonal lord's hall and beneath this was the garrison post. Another round tower, and a square tower set between the two complete the group. Originally a fourth interior tower helped form an inner court-yard from which an outside stair led to the solar on the first floor. In the main entrance at Dirleton was a covered passage, fortified by two port-cullises and two pairs of timber doors. Sadly, very little of the castle remains except for the donjon and the splayed bases of two corner towers, but it is well worth a visit, if only to see what is thought to be one of the most beautiful villages in Scotland.

Dirleton Kirk. Attractive stone building erected in 1612 to replace 12th century kirk in Gullane which was 'continewallie overblown with sand'. Archerfield Aisle added 1650, first example of neo-classical design in Scotland. Tower crowned with Gothic pinnacles, 1836. Stained glass window depicting St Francis and the Animals.

North Berwick Law, the stupendous rock, called the Bass, and the Isle of May, appear as so many floating islands, or castles, in the sea.



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