St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

St Abbs, Eyemouth, Borders, TD14 5QF

    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.

    The best 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.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Nature Reserve:
    All year, daily
    Nature Centre:
    1 April to 31 October, daily, 10-5


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Next to our exhibition, you'll find the Old Smiddy Coffee Shop, serving lunches and snacks.
    • Shop There is also the Number Four art gallery and Woolfish - a textiles shop that stocks a range of Scottish products close to the exhibition.

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Nature Reserve Centre accessible. All-ability trail to Starney Bay viewpoint. Access by car to lighthouse viewpoint.
    • Parking Please use the car park beside Nature Reserve Centre at Northfield Farm steading (Pay & Display £2).


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest rail/bus services at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Bus link between Berwick, Eyemouth and St Abbs, and Edinburgh to St Abbs. Contact Perryman’s Buses 01289 308719.

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    • Parking provided for visitors

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