St Abbs Head

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Our second video showcase took us to St Abbs Head on the South East Coast of Scotland.

St  Abbs definitely requires walking bootsSt Abbs Head is an excellent place to walk and there are three different trails, which you can complete from the car park, the longest is around four miles. There are some steep climbs, although they are short, and the paths can be rough, slippery and muddy at times, so walking attire is a definite requirement. 

The walk up to the first view point, with a stunning wooden picnic area right on the edge of the cliff, is just under half a mile. To get there is possible with a sturdy wheelchair or pushchair and the view, even at this point, is spectacular. Everything past the picnic area requires the walker to be pretty sure footed, the cliffs aren’t fenced off and some of the drops are very dramatic! If you continue on then you can follow the full trail, which is relatively clearly sign-posted. Once you’ve completed it you end up back at the car park, a minutes walk away from the visitor centre (Open 1st April- 31st October), which has a café, a children’s play area, several little craft shops, and a visitor information centre.  There are also toilet facilities.

St Abbs from the cliffs

The clear water in the bayThe pretty coastal town of St Abbs is also worth a visit, there is a visitor centre and several shops and pubs. It’s less than a minutes drive away from St Abbs Head Car park (or a short walk!).

Diving at St Abbs is world famous and the shore is said to be one of the most easy and enjoyable locations for divers, so they can be regularly seen leaving the harbour to take advantage of the clear water. There are three accessible wrecks (Alfred Erlandsen, Glanmire and Odense) off the coast of St Abbs, which can often be explored when conditions allow.

Please note that the St Abbs Head visitor car park costs £2, and parking in St Abbs is also charged.

Need the postcode for your Sat Nav?  Here it is: TD14 5QF

The nearest Caravan site is Scoutscroft Holiday Centre just over a mile away.

Next Video…. Holy Island, A tidal Island off the North Northumberland Coast.

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