St Abb's Head - St Abbs - Coldingham Bay - Eyemouth - Coldingham

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St Abb's Head - Coldingham Bay - Eyemouth - Coldingham

This walk first visits St Abb's Head, returning along a footpath almost to the start of the walk. The route then passes through St Abbs, a tiny village complete with harbour, both joining a coastal path to Coldingham Bay. This golden sandy beach is very popular with holidaymakers in summer. After crossing the beach, the route follows low cliffs and then proceeds along a shore. The way is eventually barred by much higher cliffs, so the route turns inland to climb them and follows them almost all the way to Eyemouth. The route goes out onto the point called 'Hairy Ness'(!), the site of Eyemouth Fort and a dramatic viewpoint back along the coast, before entering Eyemouth itself. From the town centre, which has a tourist information centre, museum, many eating places and an impressive harbour, walkers can catch a regular bus service back to the start, or follow quiet country roads back to Coldingham and through the village back to the start.

Scotland - South Scotland - Scottish Borders - Coast


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Museum, National Trust, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
16/05/2015 - Duncan Grey

I found this a brilliant walk on a warm and sunny morning. Perhaps I was fortunate not to have walked it when the tracks were muddy, but the views from the cliff tops were stunning and breathtaking. It generally follows the Discovery Trail (as described on information boards around the area) and/or the Berwickshire Coastal Path (leaflets available locally) so there is scope for varying the route according to time, weather or preference (eg at WM 7, 8 or 10). I loved it and I very much hope to walk around St Abb's Head again!

05/06/2013 - Campbell Barrie

Did a slight variation on this walk in Feb. 2013, starting from St. Abbs itself and walking out to the lighthouse and back to Waypoint 1 and then down to St. Abbs harbour for a coffee. I then followed the route to Eyemouth. As Graham mentioned some parts can be muddy after rain, especially at Waypoint 12. Having used Perryman's bus from Berwick to St. Abbs, I then caught it back from Eyemouth. I found the bronze memorial (at St. Abbs) to the 189 fishermen who perished in the Eyemouth disaster of 1881 particularly poignant.

11/11/2012 - Graham Barthorpe

Not being used to Coastal Walks, this was particularly enjoyable with some terrific views. Ever changing undulating coastal path, enough to raise the pulse rate in places. No need to take drinks as there are a couple of places in St Abbs (the old school is excellent) Eyemouth and Coldingham. Word of warning, this is a well walked path and can be very muddy and slippery after wet weather. Wooden steps are in place in some locations. The return half is along a metalled road which is not as deserted as you may think.