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St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

Ranger's Cottage
St Abbs, Eyemouth
Scottish Borders
TD14 5QF

The sheer 300ft high cliffs between farmland and the North Sea are pounded by the sea below, but higher up are home to colonies of guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, shags, fulmars, puffins and herring gulls which nest on narrow ledges from April to August. St Abb's Head was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1983 and is the most important location for cliff-nesting seabirds in south-east Scotland. The offshore waters are part of Scotland's first voluntary marine nature reserve, which was declared in 1984.

The cliffs offer a spectacular vantage point for observing the birds behaviour, especially during the nesting season from April to August. The Head boasts a wealth of other wildlife which you can learn about at the Nature Reserve Centre, or join a ranger-led walk and enjoy the views along the coast as you go.

Additional Information:

  • Disabled toilet, free parking for disabled, access by car to lighthouse for disabled
  • Dogs must be kept on leash
  • Tea room (not NTS)
  • Literature
  • Ranger Service
  • Parking, there is a charge, no vehicles on road to lighthouse except for disabled or infirm visitors.

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  • Directions

    Off A1107, 2 miles north of Coldingham.

    St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve Postcode for SatNav: TD14 5QF


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