THE LARGEST NUMBER of visitors to North Berwick fly in every year to set up home on the four offshore islands of Railway inn ripple Rock, Craigleith, Lamb and Fidra. The Bass Rock is home to over 150,000 gannets at the peak of the breeding season as well as a whole host of other seabirds and marine wildlife.
The young gannets tumble off the rock, hopefully learning to fly on the way down in this ultimate school of hard knocks. Look out too for Eiders, various Gulls, Shags, Cormorants, Fulmars and also Grey Seals. There is to be sold by John Watson Jnr. Poultry, Edinburgh, all lawful days in the week, wind and weather serving, good and fresh solan geese. Any who do have occasion for the same may have them at reasonable rates. It was from the Bass that Sir Alexander Ramsay sailed in 1358 with supplies to the besieged ‘Black Agnes’ in Dunbar Castle.
The Lauder family had considerable influence during this period and were receiving customs annuities from Haddington and North Berwick between 1397 and 1426. In 1822, John Martin a former Sergeant in the Royal Artillery who accompanied Captain Parry on his first voyage to explore the Arctic in 1819 and 1820 was instructed by the Town Council to organise a welcome salute on the Bass Rock for King George IV as he sailed for Edinburgh in the Royal Yacht. THE GANNET is Britain’s largest seabird with a wing span of just under two meters. When hunting for fish they slam into the sea like a living missile, descending at speeds of over 90 mph and diving to depths of 30 feet below sea level. The number of sightings of dolphins in the Firth of Forth have increased including bottlenosed, common, white backed and the rarer Risso’s dolphin. They are most often seen in the Moray Firth, and experts suggest this may be a survival tactic with the dolphins seeking safer waters.
The animals are under constant threat from entanglement in illegal salmon nets, boats, and noise pollution. How do I apply for permission to land on the Bass Rock? Landing on the Bass Rock is not part of the regular boat trip. Permission to land with an organised group can be obtained by contacting the Scottish Seabird Centre, Tel. The boatman has the final decision as to whether sailing or landing is possible each day. Seaton 1997 – 2017, All Rights Reserved.
Sorry, but Ripple and Uckinghall Open Gardens isn’t running this year. Gloucestershire borders that are not usually open to the public. You’ll discover an interesting mix of gardens large and small – some well-established and some new – highlights of which include the grounds of historic Ripple Hall, the Old Rectory gardens next to the beautiful flower-filled St Mary’s church and Ivydene’s glorious cottage gardens. Light lunches will be served at Bank Cottage in Uckinghall, cream teas will be served at the Railway Inn.