There is loads to do in Berwick-upon -Tweed, and EASTWATCH guesthouse is an ideal base for activities and attractions in north Northumberland, The Scottish Borders and East Lothian. Opportunities for walking, cycling, golf, wildlife, history, local independent shopping, and sampling local food and drinks are easy to come by. The cities of Edinburgh and Newcastle are both an hour away by road, or are easy reachable by train via the east coast mainline from Berwick Station, and each has its own unique characters and shopping opportunities.
EASTWATCH guesthouse is a great base for walkers and is located right on the Northumberland Coast Path, and only a mile or so from the southern end of the Berwickshire Coastal Path. These long distance paths link directly to the John Muir Way, the St Cuthbert’s and St Oswald’s Ways and other paths beyond making us an ideal start, stop off, or finishing point. Hint: The hot tub is very welcome after a long day’s walking, so it’s worth adding an extra leg to/from Lindisfarne on the St Cuthbert’s Way.
There also great local footpaths around Berwick itself including, of course, the classic route around the town’s famous Elizabethan ramparts and quayside. Other town trails include The Lowry Trail and The Tweed and Coast Nature Trail. More info can be found here.
We have plenty of secure bike storage in our garage here at EASTWATCH, and so make a great base for cyclists looking to tour the surrounding area. We are also ideal for those on longer cycling tours looking to stop off and rest the legs in the hot tub. There are 3 National Cycle routes within easy reach: NR1, NR68 and NR76, as well as quiet country lanes and local landmarks to tour at a more leisurely pace. Additional cycling info can be found here.
Where to start… right outside our door maybe? Dolphins and seals are a regular visitor to the waters off Spittal Beach and you might be lucky enough to see them especially in the sunnier months. Track local sightings here. Terns and Gannetts diving into the sea off the beach are a favourite of ours. You might also be very lucky and see otters – keep your eyes peeled.
Further afield there are two big hitters for seabird fans: The Farne Islands, and The Bass Rock. These should be right up there at the top of your To Do List if birds, swell, and (we have to admit) the waft of guano on a summer breeze is your thing.
EASTWATCH has easy access to the A1 and onwards to the links course at Goswick as well as the cliff top course at Magdalene Fields in Berwick itself. We are an hour away by car from Muirfield and make a great stopping off point to or from a golfing tour of Scotland.
Being right on the beach, watersports are an obvious highlight of your stay here. Surfing, sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, water-skiing, paddle boarding, as well as kite-surfing and kite-buggying, are seen more and more frequently at Spittal. Come and dip your toes in.
For fans of drier activities there are loads of options, and some can be found here.