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Eyemouth is a small town of 3,600 people (2020) in the Scottish Borders. The Berwickshire coastline consists of high cliffs over deep clear water with sandy coves and picturesque harbours. Many of the features of a traditional fishing village are preserved in the narrow streets and 'vennels'. The coast offers opportunities for birdwatching, walking, fishing and diving.

This page also covers the neighbouring villages of Burnmouth, Coldingham and St Abbs.

Understand

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Eyemouth

Get in

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Eyemouth is 8 mi (13 km) north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

By bus

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Border Buses Bus 235 runs from Berwick to Eyemouth 5 times per day and onto Dunbar and Edinburgh. Connect at Berwick from East Coast mainline trains and long distance coaches.

Get around

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Map
Map of Eyemouth

By bus

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Border Buses 235 runs from Berwick via Eyemouth to Coldingham and St.Abbs. There are 8 buses per day from Eyemouth to Coldingham Cross, of which 6 serve St. Abbs and 2 serve Crosslaw Caravan Park in Coldingham.

See

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  • 1 Eyemouth Museum. Apr-Oct: 11AM-4PM. Local history museum with exhibitions on farming and fishing, including the 1881 hurricane “Euroclydon” disaster when 19 fishing boats and 189 fishermen were lost.
  • 2 St Abbs Visitor Centre. Exhibition on the St Abbs area. There is also a National Trust for Scotland visitor centre a little up the hill.
  • 3 St Abb's Head. Rocky cliffs which are home to 60,000 seabirds and a lighthouse built by the Stevensons in 1862. St Abb's Head (Q5919733) on Wikidata St Abb's Head on Wikipedia
  • 4 Coldingham Priory. See the ruins of the priory in the grounds of Coldingham Parish Church. The priory was used between 1139 and 1606. Coldingham Priory (Q5142535) on Wikidata Coldingham Priory on Wikipedia
  • Notable buildings in the town include Gunsgreen House, and a cemetery watch-house built to stand guard against the Resurrectionists (body snatchers).

Do

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  • 1 Eyemouth Rib Trips. Trips in a fast open boat. Trips include the 10 minute journey to St. Abbs and a 1 hour coastal explorer.
  • 2 Coldingham Sands Beach. Sandy beach, with a beach cafe.
  • St Abbs is a popular site for diving. The area is part of a voluntary marine reserve.
    • St Abbs Diving offers a dive boat and shore bunkhouse or B&B accommodation.
    • Dive St Abbs offers a dive boat and shore B&B accommodation.
  • A fishing port, Eyemouth holds a yearly Herring Queen Festival.
  • 3 Eyemouth Leisure Centre, North Street, TD14 5ET. Swimming pool and gym.

Buy

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Eyemouth has a few independent shops, but for a bigger shop, you may want to go to Berwick.

  • 1 Co-op Food. daily 7AM-10PM.

Eat

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Useful to know: the word for an edible crab in Berwickshire and East Lothian is "poo". But not elsewhere, so don't be asking for one in Edinburgh.
  • 1 Oblò, 18-20 Harbour Road, Eyemouth TD14 5HU, +44 18907 52527. dinner mains £12-20.
  • Ebbcarrs Cafe is by the harbour in St Abbs, open daily 10AM-4PM.

Drink

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Sleep

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  • 1 First and Last Inn, Upper Burnmouth, TD14 5SL. Pub with meals (mains around £10) and B&B. double £80.
  • 2 Eye Sleep Over, Toll Bridge Road, Eyemouth, TD14 5G. Basic hotel, they even charge £3 for the tea tray. No meals, but breakfast is available at Eyemouth Golf Club, 15 minutes walk away. from £56.

Connect

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As of July 2023, Eyemouth and its main approach road off A1 have 4G from EE, Three and Vodafone, but no signal from O2. Coverage is patchy in St Abbs, Coldingham and along A1107 north to the junction with A1 at Cockburnspath. 5G has not reached this area.

Go next

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This city travel guide to Eyemouth is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.