North Berwick Law
A visit to North Berwick, East Lothian would not be complete without a 20 minute walk to the top of North Berwick Law with its panoramic views of East Lothian and beyond to Edinburgh Castle in the West, across to Fife in the North, the Lammermuir Hills to the South and Tantallon Castle to the East. You might see seven Exmoor ponies (Sherlock, Clouseau, Morse, Inspector Gadget, Artemis, Rebel and Oberon!) that were introduced in October 2013, as part of a new project of conservation grazing at North Berwick. The Law is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the Law had suffered from overgrowth of coarse grasses and gorse.
A 613-foot (187 m) volcanic hill which rises above the town, with a Napoleonic era signal station. The original whale’s jawbone “arch” at the summit collapsed in June 2005, and was replaced by a fibreglass replica in June 2008. Each year the North Berwick Law race starts and finishes in the harbour.
The law is mentioned by Robert Burns in his poem My bony Mary is a poem written in 1788
My bony Mary
Go fetch to me a pint o’ wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie;
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonie lassie:
The boat rocks at the Pier o’ Lieth,
Fu’ loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary.
The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
The glittering spears are ranked ready,
The shouts o’ war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody.
It’s not the roar o’ sea or shore,
Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o’ war that’s heard afar –
It’s leaving thee, my bony Mary!
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