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Walk: South from St Abbs

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Scottish Borders | St Abbs | Half day walk | ★★★

The coastline south of St Abbs isn't quite as absorbing as the famous cliffs to the north, but still makes for an enjoyable, popular half day walk to Eyemouth, 4 miles distant. The Berwickshire Coast Path leads past the sands and surfing hotspot of Coldingham Bay before taking on an increasingly rugged coastline pockmarked with rocky coves and hidden-away streams. An ugly caravan park heralds the arrival at Eyemouth: another fascinating fishing village with plenty to see, described on our separate feature page. Return the same way - doubling the distance published below - or hop on the infrequent bus service, after checking timetables in advance of your trip.


📌 Walk: South from St Abbs ★★★
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 140 metres
Features: St Abbs Visitor Centre; St Abbs; Coldingham Bay; Eyemouth & village sights
Start: Old School, St Abbs Road / B6438, St Abbs village centre, G.R.: NT 918674 ///chats.following.spoil 
Finish: Car park on H…

Coldingham Bay

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Scottish Borders | St Abbs | Beach | ★★★

We wouldn't mind owning a house with a view like the ones above Coldingham Bay. This half moon beach is a rare break in the otherwise unforgiving coastline between St Abbs and Eyemouth, sheltered by protruding headlands to the north and south. Sand, rock pools, surfing and a benign east coast climate... well, relative to the west coast, at least.


📌 Coldingham Bay ★★★
Location: Minor road end half a mile south of St Abbs, G.R.: NT 917666 ///breakaway.reflect.octopus





Walk: St Abb's Head - sensational seabird city

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Scottish Borders | St Abbs | Half day walk | ★★★★

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.


📌 Walk: St Abb's Head - sensational seabird city ★★★★
▶ 7 km / 4 miles | ▲ 150 metres
Features: 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 Ab…