North Berwick Instameet
I hopped on the train from Glasgow to North Berwick (change in Edinburgh) on Saturday the 11th March. I was excited to finally get to go to an instagram meetup, after such a long time. I had never been to North Berwick, and I was looking forward to seeing the town and especially the sea again after a long time.
I arrived in North Berwick well before the meetup. As I stepped out from the train I could smell the sea and it made me so happy. In Finland people are usually either sea or lake people, and I am definitely one of those sea people. Scottish lochs are absolutely stunning but they still cannot beat the sea. The beauty of the sea, the strength that it has: one of those natural forces that we cannot control, and perhaps that is what fascinates me.
I walked towards the town centre and then to the beach. My heart almost stopped. The weather was perfect: calm and warm. It was very cloudy, but I prefer it that way. Cloudy weather produces beautiful soft tones and shadows, which is something I have truly learnt to appreciate here in Scotland.
I happened to bump into some of the fellow instagrammers already at the beach and from there we headed towards the Scottish Seabird Centre. The lovely people at the Seabird Centre had organised a boat tour for us, although the season for public boat tours had not yet started. So we kitted up in waterproof jacket and trousers and a life jacket, and hopped on the boat.
The boat tour took us to see a smaller island first before heading to the Bass Rock. Both of the islands were full of gannets and other seabirds that I had actually never seen before. What an incredible opportunity to learn more about nature and witness the birds so close by.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The weather was excellent and the tour was fun! It was only on the way back to North Berwick when I suddenly realised that I was in total peace. All the worries that had been in my mind, were temporarily gone, temporarily forgotten. What an absolutely wonderful feeling!
Huge thanks to the Scottish Seabird Centre! It is a place that is definitely worth visiting! I will definitely go back for the puffins sometime soon!