For those of you attending the Nationals this year & who haven’t visited before you are in for a real treat. A beautiful bustling Scottish Seaside Town surrounded by magnificent countryside awaits. For those of you who have been there I hope that the following will serve as useful reminders!
The journey up from the South is pretty straightforward, Sat Nav wanted to take us across country from Carlisle but we found it much easier continuing North on the M6/M74 & going across Country from Abington, Junction 13 M74. Travel time for Cheshire was 4 ½ hours no traffic.
On arrival in North Berwick we followed the signs for ELYC Parking& were directed onto the beachfront area, some 5 minutes walk from the club, which is where you will be parked for the event & where we (or rather you all) will launch from.
Cars then have to be moved & parked in the town. Whilst in the main there are lots of places which are free, securing a place in Summer may well prove tricky for those arriving later on. There are a number of free public car parks in the town, including the station & plenty of places along the beaches without timed restrictions, though vehicles over 7’6” are prohibited from here.
There is lots of accommodation in the town along with Tantallon Caravan & Campsite
which has areas for tents, motorhomes, rents statics & even has Wigwams!
The site is well catered for being a brisk 20-25 minute walk from the club & just 15 minutes from the Town’s Tescos!
The clubhouse is right in the harbour 2 minutes from the main drag, & has good facilities. On the first floor is the most important Bar & on the second floor is the café. There looked to be a good variety of things on the menu, all homemade including fresh cream cake! I am advised that a marquee will be set up for the nationals to accommodate us all but you would need to check with the club on that! Launching is across from the club where the Dinghies will be parked, a jetty makes for easy access to a sandy beach launching directly into the sea reminding me very much of Mounts Bay. The trolley dollies are certainly going to be earning their beer!
Both of the beaches which stretch for miles are great for families & are dog friendly. Golden sands abound & on one beach there is a small Lido which retains sea water when the tide goes out & is great for paddling in. Away from the beach you can keep the kids entertained with a couple of putting greens & playground’s, an expanse of playing fields & a tennis club for the more energetic. The main train line to Edinburgh runs from the town & it takes just 20 minutes to get to the centre. A real shame that our Nationals don’t have a ‘rest’ day as it would be a real opportunity to explore the area with the family!
Facilities in the town are more than adequate for a week’s stay though, meaning you need never venture far if you don’t want to! Tesco’s is a 15 minute walk from the centre, & on the High Street there is a Nisa Local & Co-op along with a Butchers & Bakery all of whom open on a Sunday. None of us will starve as there are a variety of cafes & Deli’s great for lunch & for dinner there are
- Thai Curry House
- Indian Restaurant
- Turkish Kebab Shop
- 2 Italians
- 3 Pubs
- 2 Bistros
Sadly Brownie will be disappointed as there are no Golden Arches! A famous place for lunch is in the Harbour itself being ‘The Lobster Shack’ which serves local fish & Lobster which is on the menu at nearly every establishment I looked at!
And with the thought of Garda in my head, the local ‘Gelateria Alandas’ serves up a Fab array of amazing flavours for your delight. Having been to visit this weekend I am really looking forward to my week there in August! The sumptuous East Lothian Y.C. bar which will be busy in the first week of August