This St Abb’s Head Circular Walk is an enjoyable 3.75 mile hike (6km) along a spectacular stretch of Berwickshire coastline. It is a fairly easy walk but with a few ups and downs. Sheer cliff edges in places so children and pets need to be guided accordingly.
The pretty fishing village of St Abbs is in the background. As you can see, the weather was perfect during our visit in June 2021.
You can view the map and details of the route on outdooractive’s website:
St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve is famous for its seabirds, wildflowers, butterflies and amazing coastal scenery.
Screeching seabird colonies have stained the cliffside with their guano deposits.
Guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars, shags, herring gulls and puffins are among the types of sea birds spotted by birders here.
Rugged coastline. The clear waters are popular with scuba divers.
The lighthouse on St Abb’s Head was completed in 1862 and flashes every 10 seconds to prevent shipwrecks such as the ‘Martello’ which sank on Carr’s Rock in 1857. It is monitored remotely.
When the lighthouse was automated, the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages were sold off and are now available as holiday rentals if you fancy a break with a wonderful clifftop view.
After the lighthouse the trail descends to Pettico Wick, a scenic bay with tilted, layered rocks of interest to geology enthusiasts.
From here the trail skirts a narrow lake called Mire Loch, home to swans and wildfowl, before joining a farm track leading back to the start point.
Location of St Abbs Head Circular Walk Start Point.
The start and end point is the National Trust Reserve Car Park shown here. It is a £3 pay and display car park.