Sunday, 15 November 2009

Trip to North Berwick!

Join the ISC for a trip to the lovely town of North Berwick, just 25 miles east of Edinburgh.

North Berwick is a small idyllic seaside town close to Edinburgh, ideal for a daytrip away from the city. Take a walk along the beach, visit the Scottish seabird centre, climb "mini-arthurs-seat" (North Berwich Law) or take a walk out to Tantallon Castle and see Bass Rock. North Berwick has indications of being inhabited for about 2000 years and has throughout time been an important harbour for people wishing to travel to Fife, especially pilgrims for St. Andrews.

The town is also known for its Witch Trials in 1590, which "... was the first major witchcraft persecution in Scotland, and began with a sensational case involving the royal houses of Denmark and Scotland. King James VI sailed to Copenhagen to marry Princess Anne, sister of Christian IV, King of Denmark. During their return to Scotland they experienced terrible storms and had to shelter in Norway for several weeks before continuing. The admiral of the escorting Danish fleet blamed the storm on the wife of a high official in Copenhagen whom he had insulted. Several nobles of the Scottish court were implicated, and witchcraft trials were held in both countries. Very soon more than a hundred suspected witches in North Berwick were arrested, and many confessed under torture to having met with the Devil in the church at night, and devoted themselves to doing evil, including poisoning the King and other members of his household, and attempting to sink the King's ship."

There will be 100 tickets for sale at £6 per person from Monday 16/11 @ 12.15.

The trip is on Saturday the 21st, but this time the meeting point is Waverly Train Station (the information point) at 8.30am.

If possible, please bring the exact amount of money for the ticket sales as this will speed up the process. Thank you.

Pictures by WikiCommons and Jonathan Riise

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