GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

St Abbs Head Coastal Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This walk in the Scottish Borders follows a section of the Berwickshire Coastal Path to St Abbs Head and lighthouse. It's a rugged stretch of coast with some interesting rock formations and fine sea views.
You can pick up the coastal path in the village and then follow it north to Starney Bay, Bell Hill and Horecastle Bay to the headland. Here you'll find the remains of St Abb's Kirk and a fine viewpoint. The area is great for wildlife with thousands of sea birds to see. Keep your eyes peeled for Guillemots,Kittiwakes, Puffins, Razorbills and even dolphins as you make your way along the cliff path. Slightly inland there's also the Mire Loch with swans, ducks, damselflies and butterflies.
The site also includes a visitor centre, coffee shop, art gallery and textile shop. There's some fine exhibitions in the Nature Centre where you can learn all about the wildlife, geology and history of the headland.
Just west of St Abbs Head you'll find the historic Fast Castle. The photogenic ruins of the 14th century structure are located in a fine spot on a rocky headland overlooking the sea. You can follow the Berwickshire Coastal Path to the site at Dowlaw.


TD14 5QF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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St Abbs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

St Abbs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In St Abbs village there's Ebbcarrs Cafe for some refreshments. You can sit outside here and enjoy a view over the harbour with your meal. You can find them at postcode TD14 5PW.
There's also the Contented Sole located in a lovely spot by the harbour in the nearby village of Eyemouth. They serve fine seafood which you can enjoy outside with a view of the water. You can find them at postcode TD14 5HS for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

Some of the cliffs are very high so it's best to keep dogs on leads in these areas. The Contented Sole mentioned above is dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Eyemouth to St Abbs Walk will take you along the coast path to the headland from the nearby town. Eyemouth is well worth a visit, with its picturesque harbour and the historic Gunsgreen House to see.
Head inland and there's some pleasant waterside trails along Whiteadder Reservoir in the Lammermuir Hills of East Lothian.
The Coldingham Bay to St Abbs and Coldingham Loch Walk will take you on to the pretty Coldingham Loch and into the village of the same name.


St Abbs Harbour - - 1933999

St Abbs Harbour

On the highest point of St Abbs Head - - 906259

On the highest point of St Abbs Head

Coast near St Abbs Head - - 919908

Coast near St Abbs Head

St Abbs Kirk - - 843596

St Abbs Kirk

St Abbs Lighthouse - - 597093

St Abbs Lighthouse. The light is at 255 feet and is reached by a flight of steps leading down the cliff from the lightkeepers' house above. Originally the light was oil powered, converted to electric operation in 1966 and automated in 1993. It was designed and built by the brothersDavid StevensonandThomas Stevensonand began service on 24 February 1862

Rocks off Black Craighead - - 571519

Rocks off Black Craighead

Halterem's Loup, St Abbs - - 1286284

Halterem's Loup

Wuddy Rocks, St Abbs - - 597044

Wuddy Rocks. Rocky outcrops north of the village.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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