St Abb's Head

Scottish Borders | St Abbs | Nature reserve | ★★★★

[St Abb's Head]

A seabird city amidst stunning scenery, St Abb's Head makes a wonderful day out for walkers and wildlife lovers. This is perhaps the most jagged, rocky part of lowland Scotland's eastern coastline, with cliffs in the area approaching 150 metres in height. Stomach churning precipices, narrow ledges and spiky sea stacks are stained white with guano from tens of thousands of noisy, smelly seabirds - guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, shags, gulls and a handful of puffins - which nest here from April to July. Immediately inland is a colourful area of rolling grassland and a slender loch, with its own catalogue of flora and fauna. The best seabird viewing spots are in the vicinity of the private lighthouse, mostly accessible only by rough paths. All visitors except those with mobility issues are encouraged to walk from the nature centre, over a mile away at Northfield. The direct route follows an inland track, but we strongly suggest making it a circular walk by the addition of the coast path north from St Abbs.

[View northeast from the reserve]

📌 St Abb's Head ★★★★
Lighthouse at the centre of the reserve is a mile north of St Abbs village, G.R.: NT 914692 ///beaks.vibrate.spout
Always open | Free

Anything else? From the official car park (with charge) and visitor centre on the B6348, G.R.: NT 913674 ///seagulls.access.reckon it's a mile and a half walk (each way) to the headland on a good track - or use the more scenic, rougher approach along the coast from St Abbs, linked in the introductory paragraph above. Many paths along the clifftops are rough with unguarded drops.

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[Guillemots]

[Mire Loch]

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[Razorbills]

[Guillemots]

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[Visitor centre]

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