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A hike on the beach in North Berwick - Edinburgh Part 4

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

A long hike on the beach... What could be more relaxing and energizing at the same time? My guidebook had mentioned a hike starting in North Berwick (roughly 30 minutes by car East of Edinburgh), and when I saw the weather was beautiful, I knew it would be a perfect Sunday hike!

When we arrived it was lunchtime, and we ate our sandwich (ham and pickles, how British!) on the beach, about here:

And then we were off! We walked West, mostly on the beach, leaving North Berwick behind us...

... sometimes through the rocks. It was a good exercise, despite being flat!

And the weather was just perfect, sunny and not too hot.

There were many little islands, and the shore you can see in the distance is the other side of the Firth of Forth (the estuary, or firth, of Scotland's River Forth, where it flows into the North Sea).

The most well-known of these islands is probably the Bass Rock. You could just about see it in the distance on my first picture, but I have put closer views of it on the pictures above. The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit. Nowadays, the Bass Rock is home to a large colony of gannets!

(I found this picture on Wikipedia... they were way too far away for me to be able to take a picture of them!)

Then we reached the island of Fidra (which means 'feathers' island... it gives you an idea of the number of birds there!)...

Robert Louis Stevenson often visited the beaches at the nearby area known today as Yellowcraigs and it is said that he based his map of Treasure Island on the shape of Fidra. He also mentioned Fidra in his novel Catriona.

Then we turned and walked back to North Berwick!

North Berwick Law, a 613-foot (187 m) volcanic hill which rises above the town, kept us company for a good part of the walk back. Although not very tall after all, it was quite impressive!

And then we were back! The first houses of the town centre we reached were in bricks...

... but around the corner, they were in stones!

My favorite house was this one, which looked older than the other ones (maybe from the 18th century with the other ones being from the 19th? I am not sure!).

Here was how the beach looked like as we finally left it:

I love the colors of late afternoon! And long summer days! It wasn't completely the end of the day: on the way back, we decided to do a detour to have a look at Haddington, a charming little town South East of Edinburgh. It was all quiet as it was getting late, but worth the detour. We essentially drove to St Mary's Church, built 1375-1487...

... and walked to the river Tyne and the 12th century Nungate bridge.

And here end my blogs about my long weekend in Edinburgh! I have been very excited to read all your comments on my last 3 blogs, thank you so much! It was great to read that so many of you went to Edinburgh or are thinking of going soon - and it was even more special to hear from those of you who live there! What a privilege to live in such a gorgeous city.

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MARKATSPARK 7/30/2015 8:31PM


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LAURIETAIT 8/28/2013 3:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. I just discovered this blog and had to read it. Scotland is on my bucket list. Looking at all your beautiful pictures has made me even more determined to go. I'm adding you as a friend because I don't want to miss any more of your blogs. Have a great day.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/14/2013 2:07PM

    Thanks for the trip to Scotland! I've always wanted to visit since on my father's side of the family I'm Scotch-Irish with the family hopping back and forth between Scotland and Ireland for several generations before coming to America. Love the beach and the view.
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WRITERWANNAB 7/7/2013 12:10PM

    As a teenager (a long time ago), I spent a year in Evreux with my family. Of course we made trips to Paris so this brought back memories. My youngest sister was born in France.

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MYAKAYAH 7/3/2013 8:07AM

    I love the beach, so lovely~ emoticon

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SALSIFY 6/29/2013 9:01AM

    Many congratulations on managing to walk in Scotland without getting soaking wet! It looked like a lovely day. All you needed was to meet Gerard Butler wearing a kilt to make it perfect. x

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LISALGB 6/26/2013 6:41PM

    Sigh! Another lovely blog. I just love the beach. The houses near the beach are just wonderful. I would love to live there. I love the beach.
Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.
Sending you lots of love and hugs.

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RENATA144 6/26/2013 3:41PM

  I love your pics so much ! emoticon

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GAMMY98 6/26/2013 7:57AM

    Great pictures and love reading about you hike on the beach

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GOANNA2 6/25/2013 6:49PM

    Beautiful blog. Thank you yet again for
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    So pretty!

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MANILUS 6/25/2013 11:53AM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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RENATA144 6/25/2013 11:17AM

  What great inspiration to exercise - walking through glorious Scotland !!! Thank you for taking us with you with you spectacular photos !!!

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RENATA144 6/25/2013 11:15AM

  So Scotland is Heaven. Who knew ?!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIZALOT 6/25/2013 2:54AM

    Thanks again for such a lovely blog. i really enjoy all the snippets of information you give us, too. And it's true, you are a very talented photographer.

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MILLIE5522 6/24/2013 4:18PM

    I love Berwick. If you are ever get the chance to go further south I recommend Beadnell Bay. It is stunning! Oh and also look out for Bamburgh castle which is on the north east coast .

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KAREN91 6/24/2013 10:28AM

    As always you are a artist with a camera. Your blogs are my #1 favorite on spark people. You bring beauty to my life. emoticon

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KWING517 6/24/2013 9:41AM

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful walk! You inspire me to take pictures everywhere I go, but none of my adventures are nearly as beautiful as yours :)

Have a great week!

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INGMARIE 6/24/2013 7:23AM

    Just beautiful ,I love the sea side, birds and water.
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KMRJPR 6/24/2013 12:37AM

    Wonderful pictures and blog!

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MADAMES 6/23/2013 2:32PM

    What beautiful terrain...I can almost hear the birds and smell the air! A very lovely walk; isn't it amazing how you can walk the beach for hours and it seems like mere minutes?
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CORNERKICK 6/23/2013 2:09PM

  Great pics. Thanks for sharing!

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ROCKYCPA 6/23/2013 2:00PM

    Another beautiful tour with you - thanks for sharing!

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TINY67 6/23/2013 11:17AM

    Great Pics

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POUNDSAWAY73 6/23/2013 10:11AM

  Wow!! So beautiful! The pictures made me feel like I was there! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/23/2013 4:24AM

    My sister doesn't live too far from there, she'll wave next time!!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/23/2013 3:33AM

    Thanks for the walk! Makes it seem as if I were there with you!

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CICELY360 6/23/2013 12:23AM

  pretty pictures

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    WOW Claire,, those are AWESOME !! How NEAT you got to go and ENJOY !! Reminds me A LOT of here,,,in that the beaches look "close" to the same,,,,,with the rockiness,,, and all, and yet some LONG STRETCHES of white sands. :) Do not you LOVE the way the watah plays with the sand? I LOVE the way it feels (felt?) on my feet. That's just one of the NEATEST Feelings there possibly is ! Esp on a HOT SUMMAH Day (if you can say Maine GETS that hot ! HAHAHAHA !! though this week we WILL APPROACH 90 on the coast,,, usually they can inland, but Not that much on the coast).

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_BABE_ 6/22/2013 11:43PM

    I love how you have changed your background photo. Is that a flower from your's gorgeous.

Speaking of beautiful pics. I love this set depicting The beaches. Reminds me of any old movie called Ryan's Daughter with Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles. I think that was the Irish coast so don't tell anyone I mixed them up! lol

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2013 11:21PM

    This is just lovely my mother-in-law was from here. Your pictures paint such a complete view of an area I always enjoy them so much! Thank you!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/22/2013 11:12PM

    What a beautiful walk. Beautiful skies in some of the shots. I like the light house too. I always wanted to take a picture of one. Maybe someday. They just don't have them here in the desert. Thanks Claire! emoticon

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The photo journey was beautiful and I enjoyed it to the max!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/22/2013 9:47PM

    Just gorgeous. Thank you for the great pictures.

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DIANNEMT 6/22/2013 9:42PM

    Again--so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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MARYJEANSL 6/22/2013 6:19PM

  Just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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IDICEM 6/22/2013 6:10PM

    What a lovely way to end your trip! It's been great seeing Edinburgh through your experiences there. I love the beach pictures. I'm more familiar with warmer beaches like they have in Florida, and even those I prefer in the fall and winter months. Would love to hike this beach!

Thank you so much for taking us along on your Scottish adventure!
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222NICHOLE 6/22/2013 4:54PM

    Wow! That is so beautiful. Thank you for posting these pics! I feel more relaxed and happy after just looking at them - being there would have been so much more amazing. That's great that you got to walk in such a beautiful place.

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    Wow! So beautiful!!! Thanks for bringing us along!! emoticon emoticon

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JSEATTLE 6/22/2013 3:07PM

  Keep it up, I am really enjoying your travel tour!!

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