St. Abbs, Scotland-Beautiful and Rugged

Hey there, friends! Today we are going to head down to Berwickshire along Scotland’s southeastern coast to the pretty little fishing village of St. Abbs.

The fishing village of St. Abbs.
A cottage with an orange roof and clothes hanging on a clothes line.
A white fisherman's cottage.

Originally called Coldingham Shore (because the fisherman who worked their boats in the harbor resided in nearby Coldingham), St. Abbs lies near Eyemouth, along the North Sea. It sits at the foot of St. Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve – 200 acres of breathtaking, wild, and rugged coastline. And breathtaking it is. Wouldn’t you agree?

A house along the North Sea.
The rugged coastline along the North Sea.
The North Sea and volcanic rock.

The first building was constructed in St. Abbs in the early 18th century, with additional fisherman’s cottages built shortly after. By 1832, sixteen families resided on the shore, with twenty others living in nearby Coldingham. Fishing was the sole livelihood of St. Abb’s residents.

Boats docked in a harbor.
A life tube that says 'St. Abbs Harbor.'
Ebbcarrs Cafe in St. Abbs, Scotland.
Ebbcarrs Cafe-adorable and delicious

“In the late 19th century, due to Victorian romanticism and the desire to distinguish the growing village of Coldingham Shore from its larger neighbour Coldingham, the village changed its name to St. Abbs. This name was derived from the headland to the north of the village, which is itself named after the 7th century Abbess Æbbe, who at the dawn of the Christian faith in South East Scotland, founded a monastery on the summit of the Kirk Hill located out on the headland.”

A sailboat docked in low tide.
A hill, a stone wall, and wildflowers.

The harbor today is still very much a working harbor, and though very few people now call St. Abbs their year-round home, the area is a lovely place of respite for its visitors. It is a popular destination for people who enjoy walking, fishing, scuba diving, seabird-watching, and for those who just want to take in the crystal sea and the beautiful, rugged coastline.

A seagull.
A swan.
The North Sea coast.

Though St. Abbs lies only about an hour to the southeast of Edinburgh, somehow being there gives you the feeling that you have stumbled upon something of a secret much farther away. So while the tourists descend upon Edinburgh, the Highlands, the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, and other fabulous destinations, I highly encourage you – at least for a day – to hop in your car, point your wheels south, and spend some precious time on this beautiful piece of Scotland’s shore.

Trust me.  You will not regret it.



*Memorial photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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