Located roughly half an hour east of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, the picturesque East Lothian region has earned abundant acclaim for its historic structures and picturesque coastline—and these sandy shores play host to a wealth of fascinating native birds. Common murres, razorbills, and Atlantic puffins are just a few of the species that call the region home, while fortunate visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of a surf scoter, an odd-looking sea duck that’s most often spotted across North America. While these creatures can be encountered during a routine stroll along the beach, one property in particular offers the perfect opportunity to get a closer look at some of the region’s most treasured species.
Fresh off the heels of a major 2021 refurbishment, the grandiose Marine North Berwick draws vacationers from Edinburgh and far beyond—and for ecotourism aficionados in particular, the £190 Family Seabird Experience is an essential part of any vacation. The deal offers overnight accommodations (with breakfast included) and a family ticket to the Scottish Seabird Centre, providing guests with a unique experience that highlights the abundant natural beauty that Marine North Berwick is surrounded by.
“With our commitment to supporting the local community and destination, partnering with the Scottish Seabird Centre was a natural fit for Marine North Berwick,” said Gillian Mylles, general manager of Marine North Berwick. “As the brand name Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts suggests, we embrace the harmony between land and sea, particularly with our ideal positioning along West Bay and Firth of Forth estuary in one of Scotland’s most treasured seaside towns. We wanted to put this ethos into action by partnering with a local charity that is committed to preserving the beautiful ecosystem of North Berwick.”
While the Scottish Seabird Centre offers ample insight into the flora and fauna of the surrounding area—with the interactive Northern gannet live cam being a particularly interesting exhibit—the Family Seabird Experience has a surprise in store for younger guests in particular. During their visit, families participating in the package will receive a certificate of adoption for a local Atlantic puffin, serving as a treasured gift with an added conservation-focused bonus.
The Family Seabird Package is an enticing deal for wildlife lovers, but there’s a lot more to do around the property than just bask in the beauty of Scotland’s avifauna. North Berwick has earned abundant acclaim for its high concentration of renowned golf courses, while the hotel is equipped with its own lush putting green enclosed within the walled garden. If the weather isn’t cooperating, a dip in the indoor pool or 60-minute Marine Master Massage at the spa is certainly in order.
Though Scotland is rife with natural beauty from Galloway Forest to the northern shores of Shetland, North Berwick is an essential destination for any seabird lovers in need of a relaxing escape. With the end of the year holidays on the horizon, Marine North Berwick offers an illuminating deep dive into the rich biodiversity of the region, with no shortage of plush amenities along the way.