St. Abbs is on the south east coast of Scotland in the county of Berwickshire. The village of St. Abbs is a community with a rich heritage and a spectacular location.
The sea around St. Abbs with its crystal clear water is a well-known scuba diving area. The adjacent headland with its towering cliffs is a noted National Trust Nature Reserve boasting a wide variety of bird life. The glorious sandy beach at Coldingham Bay recently awarded a Blue Flag is only five minutes walk along the cliff top path.
Previously known as Coldingham Shore and now shortened to The Shore, the village was founded as a fishing community and its success has in the past, but less today, been dependent on that industry. Always popular with visitors coming to enjoy the sea, coastal views and quieter pace of life.
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Just a few miles away is the magnificent John Muir Country Park, an area that covers some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline and is a haven for wildlife and beach lovers alike. From the Castle Ruins in Dunbar, to the Peffer Burn just a few kilometres to the north, visitors walking the cliff top trail can take in the most spectacular views of the sea beyond miles of an uninterrupted sandy beach. Just out to sea the historic Bass Rock can be seen shining white with guano in the height of the breeding season. At the right time of year walkers can watch gannets dive like arrows into the sea as they stroll along the long sandy sweep of Belhaven Bay. Where the bay meets the River Tyne estuary there is an extensive areas of grassland, salt-marsh and adjoining woodland which provides an infinite number of varied walks, runs or cycles paths for the fitness enthusiasts.
There is also the opportunity to go canoeing, kayaking or even do a spot of kite surf along the beach. If you don’t fancy it yourself, kite surfing is an equally enjoyable spectator sport. Saunter into Dunbar for a spot of lunch from the local deli or visit one of the friendly local seaside pubs where local beers and home cooked pies are a must.
Berryhill is situated on a small ‘B’ road that joins two of the most scenic Scottish borders cycle routes and if you wish to explore the area by bike, we offer our guests the opportunity to hire bicycles and soon hope to be able to offer e-bikes as well. On warm summer evenings a short 5 mile cycle down the hill to the local Craw Inn is very popular with guests wanting to wash down dinner with a glass or two of wine. However, beware the home journey is almost all uphill!
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There are few places better to enjoy a relaxing round of golf than the beautiful Scottish borders. Being just fifteen minutes away from the championship-standard 18 hole Eyemouth Golf club the proprietor of the hole voted Britian’s most extodinary golf hole, Berryhill offers a superb venue for the golf enthusiast. The area is home to a number of varied courses that offer superb value to the golfer all of which are within easy reach of the cottage.
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Just a few miles away is the stunning costal village of St Abbs, its spectacular underwater tunnels, gullies and archways forming some of the finest underwater scenery anywhere along the British coast. Berryhill has a small garden and an outside tap ideal to wash off and hang out dive gear so for diving enthusiasts this is an absolute must. If divers need additional space to store tanks and dry off gear in the winter please let us know in advance and we will provide access to a locked shed. For facilities see www.stabbs.org/diving