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Holidays in Eyemouth

Five miles north of the border, Eyemouth is packed with Scottish charm

Eyemouth harbour

Eyemouth is a small town in Berwickshire, in the Borders. Located just five miles north of the border with England, it still maintains a working fishing harbour with a colourful fleet of boats. Visit the Gunsgreen House, or the Herring Queen Festival in July and the Lifeboat Weekend in August. The popular Berwickshire Coastal Path passes through Eyemouth en-route from Berwick-upon-Tweed to St Abbs.

Eyemouth is a delightful destination for a cottage holiday, especially if you like picture postcard fishing villages. Eyemouth has been a port since the 13th century. Whilst in the town you can gain an insight into Eyemouth’s smuggling heritage and fishing history in the local museum. Central to the museum is the famous Eyemouth tapestry that commemorates the ‘Great East Coast Fishing Disaster of 1881’, when about 120 local men lost their lives at sea. The tapestry was hand crafted by 24 local women and took two years to finish.

St Abbs Head

Spend some time at the National nature reserve at St Abb’s Head, land managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Located on a peninsula a few miles from Eyemouth, it’s a wildlife haven for birds and animals alike including brown hares, guillemots, shags, kittiwakes and razorbills. There are some great vantage points to see them in the rugged cliffs and offshore rock stacks.

The ruins of Fast Castle are worth a trip too. High on a cliff at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, these impressively located ruins would surely win awards these days in the dramatic and moody category. The name originates from after it served as a fortress through two Scottish Wars of Independence, when it had fallen to ruin. Smugglers used to light fires in the ruins to lure ships onto the rocks below in order to plunder their holds. The name is derived from ‘Faux’ or ‘False Castle’ in notoriety and this later morphed into Fast Castle. There is no visitor centre, easy parking or facilities at the castle, but the effort is worth spending making the trip out. The Berwickshire Coastal Path runs close by.

"A delightful destination for a cottage holiday, especially if you like picture postcard fishing villages..."

Eyemouth has some good amenities but travel to Berwick-upon-Tweed for a wider range of shops and a few supermarkets. To get the best from dining out in Eyemouth it helps if you love seafood, it’s not essential though as there are alternatives. Try Oblò Bar & Bistro that’s on hand to offer a good range of dishes in relaxing surroundings located on the harbour front. Inside the popular Eyemouth pub The Contented Sole is another choice called the Harbour View restaurant, you can also dine in the bar if it takes your fancy.

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While you’re there

Fast Castle

Dramatic castle ruins atop of jagged cliffs await intrepid walkers and fort baggers!

Eyemouth Museum

Visit the Eyemouth Museum to learn about the port’s chequered history of smuggling and fishing.

St Abb’s Head

This nature reserve has some excellent vantage points to see wild birds from in their cliff top roosts.

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