Scottish Borders region is a large county but with a short stretch of coastline, from the English border at Lamberton Beach just north of Berwick-upon-Tweed to Cockburnspath.
Eyemouth is the largest town in the old county of Berwickshire, has been a fishing port since the 13th century, and is still a busy harbour today with fishing, diving and leisure craft. To the south is Eyemouth Golf Club, whose sixth was voted ‘Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole‘ as it crosses a coastal inlet.
The area’s best beach is at Coldingham Bay, where there are the ruins of an 11th century Benedictine Priory which was damaged during border raids in 1216 and 1544. It was eventually destroyed by Cromwell’s troops in 1648. The parish church has been built in to the ruins.
The little harbour town of St Abbs is built on a rocky bay and has become popular with divers, who dive from both boats and rocks. The rugged cliffs of St Abb’s Head rise to 300 feet just north of the town. The rocky coastline here has been a the graveyard of many ships, and the caves below the cliffs attracted smugglers in the eighteenth century. A little further north the ruined Fast Castle was described by Sir Walter Scott as ’Wolf’s Crag’ in ‘The Bride of Lammermoor’ .
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