The village of St.Abbs is popular with scuba divers, walkers, cyclists and holiday makers. It has a interesting harbour with a cafe where you can enjoy a drink and a crab sandwich and watch the world go by. Situated in the village hall is the visitors centre, crammed with information and history of St.Abbs, across the road in the old school there is a cafe and every Friday the local market is held here. The village has a well-stocked Post Office / Shop.
If you are feeling energetic you can walk up to St.Abbs Head which is part of the National Trust and admire the lighthouse and the large groups of Gannets and Puffins. Looking North on a clear day you can see up the Firth of Forth towards the Bass Rock at North Berwick, Edinburgh and the Fife coast. There is a lovely sandy beach at Coldingham Bay which is only five minutes’ walk along the coastal path. The beach is patrolled by the RLSS so families can swim and surf safely.
St.Abbs is a perfect base to allow you to explore both the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Edinburgh Scotland’s capital is about an hour’s drive north from St.Abbs. Edinburgh is a beautiful city which is steeped in history with lots to do for both young and old.
More locally, visit the village of Coldingham and see Coldingham priory and then enjoy a meal in the one of the local pubs. Visit Eyemouth which has a working harbour, discover the history of smuggling in the area at Gunsgreen House or visit the museum and learn about the Great fishing Disaster which happened in October 1881. Alternatively enjoy the unique opportunity to feed the seals from the harbour side. Eyemouth has a 25 metre four lane swimming pool with a smaller teaching pool or why not swim in the sea from the sandy beach at the promenade.
Eyemouth is a small Berwickshire fishing town situated on the south, east coast of Scotland close to the border between Scotland and England. The towns name comes from it’s location at the mouth of the river Eye. The Berwickshire coastline consists of high cliffs over deep, clear water with sandy coves and picturesque harbours.
The history of Eyemouth has been influenced by the sea for centuries. Once a famous port for smugglers visit Gunsgreen house House and discover the names of smugglers long gone but not forgotten.
In 1881 a great storm blew up from nowhere and 189 fishermen drowned, many in sight of the shore. Most households in Eyemouth lost loved ones widows and children were left to cope alone. Read their stories at Eyemouth Museum.
After exploring the history of the town enjoy some hospitality at one of the local pubs or restaurants. Relax with the family on the beach or walk around the harbour, feed the seals and watch the boats unload their catch. Sample local fish and chips followed by award winning ice cream while enjoying the sea views.
Eyemouth also offers a variety of outdoor activities including rib trips round the bay, sea fishing, coastal walks, diving or if you fancy a swim visit our local Leisure Centre, or why not try swimming in the sea. There are plenty of activities for all ages.