FAMILY RUN SCOTTISH BORDERS SELF CATERING PET FRIENDLY CASTLE APARTMENTS NEAR COLDINGHAM, EYEMOUTH, BERWICK book now for summer 2017 discount.
"Twice as nice and half the price of the chain run cottage companies. Cosy fire, loads of room, 10 minutes to stunning beach, coastal walks and tasty food and drink, and Victor the owner couldn't have been more helpful. We visited Berwick, Edinburgh & Eyemouth!" - Shirley & Gordon, Richmond N Yorks August 2016.
"The Perfect base to explore the Borders and Northumberland Coast" - will & kate, cumbria
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St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve (stunning winter and summer walking!)
Formed by an extinct volcano, the St Abb’s Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coast. Sheer cliffs loom from the sea at St Abb's Head, giving dramatic views of the Berwickshire coastline and providing an early summer home for nesting seabirds. Watch the constantly moving mass of birds in the narrow inlets, or admire their swooping flight as they head out towards the stormy seas. Rocky grassland at the cliff top is dotted with colourful flowers and fast-moving butterflies, whilst the clear waters of the Voluntary Marine Reserve support a varied marine life.
St Abbs village also has some cosy cafes that are open all year round. Do try their crab sandwiches!
For serious birdwatchers, a good time to visit is from May to July for seabirds, May to August for flowers, July to August for butterflies, and spring and autumn for migrant birds. Facilities include parking at Northfield Farm, a nature centre with a coffee shop and guided National Trust for Scotland walks by arrangement.
Eyemouth is great for seafood - it has a couple of cracking restaurant/pubs on the harbour that serve the very best food and drink in an unspoilt, traditional style. Eyemouth is Scotland’s ‘first port of call’ - Uniquely positioned on the south-east coast, the harbour has long been a strategically important base and stopping-off point for all kinds of boats, businesses and people (and friendly seals that come in for snacks most tea-times!). This working harbour sees fresh seafood brought in daily, with an assortment of cosy cafes and eateries to enjoy. Plenty to see and do from seal watching to wonderful fish and chips, ice creams, boat trips etc. Eyemouth really has it all and located in such a picturesque and friendly environment.
Eyemouth is the largest and most secure harbour in the area and offers 24-hour, lock-free access to a deep-water berthing facility. There is ready access to all essential services and supplies for fishing, leisure and commercial boats as you would expect from a busy working harbour.
This is the area's best kept secret - one of THE most unspoilt and beautiful beaches in the whole of the UK (We should know, as we sit on its warm sand in summer. and walk the cliffs in winter!). It attracts many visitors, on busy summer days there can be over 1000 visitors on the beach. Coldingham Sands is an award winning sandy seashore which is a rare occurrence on Berwickshire's stunning rocky coast. The beach was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award in 2010 and has also received the Seaside Award which is for beaches that are more rural in character, being quieter and less developed. The Marine Conservation Society have awarded the beach its top award for cleanliness in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. There is a cafe, toilets, disabled access and car parking.
The beach is popular with surfers and bodyboarders and a lifeguard attends the beach during busy summer periods. The north end of the beach has 55 beach huts, some of which are believed to be 100 years old. The huts are leased from the Scottish Borders Council who own the sands, but not the huts. At the top of the high ground above the huts are several private dwellings plus the Dunlaverock House hotel
Berwick upon Tweed
On the mainland five miles north of Holy Island, is the mouth of the River Tweed and the most historic town of Berwick Upon Tweed. The most northerly town in England, perhaps no other town in North East England has had a more eventful history than Berwick. There is no doubt that Berwick upon Tweed can claim the distinction of being the Border Town, as it has changed hands between England and Scotland thirteen times. Its history is inextricably tied up with the struggle for the Anglo Scottish frontier. We go back to Berwick every year and adore its unspoilt charm and its friendly pubs and restaurants. A must visit!
A few ideas for a day in Berwick: Fab Lebanese food (it's quite similar to Greek) in the town centre (opposite Wetherspoons); Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre, The Elizabethan Walls (be careful with little ones and dogs as they are VERY steep),, Paxton House, Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard, The Lowry Trail, Horseback Riding Tours, The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Bars and clubs including The Curfew, Barrels Ale House and The Free Trade. Oh, and Berwick Castle!
Why not park in Berwick for free then take the train? Brace yourselves for a busy day! Stunning Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. It's home to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak. Looming over the city is hilltop Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
Some great things to see and do in Edinburgh: New Year’s Eve (Hogmanay), Arthur’s Seat, Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Old Town, National Museum of Scotland (awesome - a must see), Sightseeing Tours, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanic Gardens, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens.
Fall under the spell of the beauty and enthralling history of the Scottish Borders. Discover a gentler pace of life amid the sweeping valleys, emerald forests and heather-clad moorlands of this outstanding part of the world. With excellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and a flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will captivate you from the moment you arrive.