Walk: St Abb's Head - sensational seabird city

[St Abbs from St Abb's Head]

The shattered volcanic cliffs of St Abbs Head are the finest jewel of the Borders coastline, and this energetic circuit from the pretty fishing village (and filming location) of St Abbs explores them to the full. Each spring and summer the headland hosts tens of thousands of nesting seabirds, and a visit at this time of year is truly a feast for the eyes, ears and nose: this much guano creates quite a stink! Whatever the season, the fascinating geology, cliffs, sea stacks and shingle bays are worth lingering for, with a tranquil inland lochan in store for the return leg.

[Looking north from St Abb's Head]

📌 Walk: St Abb's Head - sensational seabird city ★★★★☆
▶ 7 km / 4 miles | ▲ 150 metres | ⌚ Half day walk
Points of interest: St Abbs; St Abbs Visitor Centre; St Abb's Head; Mire Loch; St Abb's Head nature centre
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) at St Abbs harbour (free options available nearby), G.R.: NT 919673 ///craft.reporters.little

Route: Car park & St Abbs village - St Abbs Visitor Centre - coast path to St Abb's Head - West Hurker - southwest side of Mire Loch - nature centre - St Abbs Visitor Centre - start
Terrain: Clear but often steep or rough paths for the coastal section (easier options further from the cliff edge) with unguarded drops next to the path - a fair amount of ascent and descent. Narrow, clear path for return along Mire Loch. Minor roads and pavements beyond Mire Loch.
Wildlife today: Seabirds: guillemots, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls. Mute swans and mallards on Mire Loch. Sheep and lambs on return section.
Weather today: Temperature in mid to high teens, mostly sunny, fairly light winds.

>> St Abbs ★★☆☆☆
>> St Abb's Head ★★★★☆
>> St Abbs Visitor Centre ★☆☆☆☆

[Nesting seabirds]

Route map


Route credit: National Trust for Scotland (modified)

Chronological photo guide

[St Abbs harbour]

[St Abbs Visitor Centre]

[Leaving St Abbs]

[Entering the nature reserve]

[North Sea]

[View back to St Abbs from the southeastern part of the reserve]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[First view of the lighthouse]

[Lighthouse (private)]

[Stacks of seabirds]

[Guillemots]

[St Abb's Head]

[Razorbills]

[Guillemots]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[St Abb's Head]

[Looking northwest along the coast]

[Descent to Mire Loch]

[Springtime scenes]

[Mire Loch]

[Mire Loch]

[Sheep]

[Return along the inland track]

[Nature centre]

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