You haven't fully experienced the Scottish Borders until you've experienced the Berwickshire Coast. From jaw-dropping clifftop views to quaint fishing villages to massive seabird colonies, there is nowhere else quite like it (and let's not forget the bottlenose dolphins, coral reefs and secret smuggler routes).
The coastline's 30 miles of walking routes offer invigorating seaside rambles, striking scenery and historic sights. For starters, here are three walks that we like to recommend to Airhouses guests looking for a special day out...
1. Cove Harbour and secret passage
Cove fishing village is part of the famous Southern Upland Way hiking route. On this refreshing clifftop walk you can explore the natural harbour, rugged beach and even a mysterious tunnel...
The route begins at the clifftop car park at Cove. Next, follow the path that goes down into the harbour, then walk along the pier to see the village's historic sandstone cottages.
Next, keep your eyes peeled for the "secret passage" that takes you through to the other side of the bay. This tunnel in the cliffs is said to have been carved out by smugglers in the 18th century and even has side chambers where fishermen once stored their catch.
Once you have explored the atmospheric tunnel, you can return back the way you came (that's if you've managed to avoid being kidnapped by pirates...).
Duration: Approx. one hour
2. St Abb's Head
St Abb's is a pretty fishing village that has an unusual claim to fame — due to its famous cliffside seabird colonies, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The St. Abb's Head walk gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the wildlife and dramatic cliff-ringed headland of the village, passing Mire Loch along the way. Depending on the time of year, you will get a good look at the thousands of nesting seabirds, as well as the charming 19th century lighthouse. There is also a tearoom, meaning that you can end your walk with a well-deserved cuppa.
The walk begins at the National Trust for Scotland Car Park. Next, turn onto the gently rising road that leads past Northfield Farm, until you see Mire Loch down below you. From here, follow the road until you see a sign welcoming you to St. Abb's Head. Next, walk up the steep slope to the clifftop (be very careful to stay away from the edge).
Continue along this walk until you reach the lighthouse, which is a great spot to stop and take photos. After this, you can enjoy the pretty views of the village itself (sunset is a particularly lovely time). Next, you have a choice — either carry on along the clifftop path to the harbour, or take the path that runs alongside the woods to the tearoom, gallery and children's play park.
Duration: Two hours
3. Coldingham to Eyemouth
This walk will take you from Coldingham village along an 1000-year-old fisherman's route (the Creel path) then onto St Abbs and finally, the historic harbour town of Eyemouth. If you are fortunate, you might even spot the odd roe deer.
Start at Priory Car Park in Coldingham, then follow the road to St Abbs. Next, walk up the hill that leads out of the village and take the Creel Path. After a while, the path will reveal an incredible view of the coast.
Next, follow the trail that leads down to Coldingham Bay, a sheltered beach with crabs, butterflies and wildflowers. Walk along the beach until you reach a wooden bridge that will lead you to Linkim Shore (a pleasant stretch of sand where walkers often like to rest). Next, cross a second bridge over a stream and walk along the cliffs until Eyemouth comes into sight.
Once you descend into the town, you will probably have worked up a bit of an appetite. Luckily, there are several popular cafes and eating spots to try. These include The Heathers Restaurant, Giacopazzi's and The Ship Restaurant & Bar.
Duration: Two to three hours
The Berwickshire Coast really is unmissable and there is a scenic walk to suit almost any ability. Just don't forget to pack your bucket and spade.
Why not explore the breathtaking Berwickshire Coast while staying in a five-star Airhouses holiday lodge with a hot tub?
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