Something strange is happening down at Waverley Station. ScotRail have announced that they will be running a late-night train from North Berwick to Edinburgh from the 5th to the 10th of August. The train will be leaving North Berwick just before midnight each night. Why? The Fringe by The Sea, of course.

The popular coastal festival is gearing up for a bumper billing of performers this year, including novelists Ian Rankin and Maggie O' Farrell and the ever popular musical duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. The North Berwick event has grown significantly since its 2008 inception, with 8000-strong crowds now passing through the doors of its two Spiegeltents every year.

Last year the event created around £700,000 for the local community - with local businesses reporting a rise in sales of up to 30 per cent.

The annual festival is just one of many reasons to visit North Berwick. Homebuyers should note that earlier this year North Berwick topped the table as the Scotland's priciest coastal town with an average house price of £327,518 in 2012, rising from £309,676 in 2011. After North Berwick, the most expensive seaside areas were St Andrews with an average house price of £261,446, followed by Stonehaven at £211,413 and Inverbervie at £202,144.

On Fridays and Saturdays from 2-24 August, an additional Edinburgh to North Berwick service will operate at 23.56. From 5-10 August, ScotRail will run a 23.59 North Berwick to Edinburgh service to help customers travel back from Fringe by the Sea events.

(image: FringebyTheSea)

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