St Abbs Head

by David

map of trip

One of my favourite places, easily accessible from East Lothian, is St. Abb's Head (map). It is a rocky promontory at the village of St. Abbs in Berwickshire, Scottish Borders, and a National Nature Reserve administered by the National Trust of Scotland. It lies on the eastern coast (wikipedia).

I would like to recommend this very nice area. You can enjoy a lovely walk through rugged landscape, over rocky coast with a lighthouse (+ foghorn) and nature full of birds and sheep.

This path is part of the Berwickshire COASTAL PATH (pdf) from Cockburnspath to Berwick (45km), but you can make a smaller round-trip around Mire Loch, which will take around 2 hours (max cant about 150 m). The path starts and finishes at St. Abbs, a small fishing village with a romantic harbour. There is a bus stop (235, 253, 260), public toilet, cafe and Visitor Centre.  You can also take a boat trip or go diving from here.

Become inspired by looking at the photos (map). I hope you enjoy it Smile

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Date last modified: Wed 29th May 2013


Polina's picture

Looks interesting, defenitely worth seeng it !  Great job !

Jelo's picture

I haven't been to St Abbs for a year or two but reading your article makes me feel like taking a trip there again. I wonder if the little hotel or B&B at the harbour still sells fresh crab sandwiches. Mmmmm.

I love the journey to St Abbs on the old road at this time of year (late spring/early summer). I don't know if the bus goes this way. (You turn onto the A1107 which is about 8 miles from Dunbar.) I think it's much more interesting than the A1 because you can see the sea. The whin bush, also known as broom, which is the bush with yellow flowers that you can see in some of your photographs, smells like coconut and is lovely and bright even on a grey day.