Coldingham and St Abb’s Head
This walk starts at St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve, just outside St Abbs, and visits Coldingham and St Abb’s Head. It is a Scottish Borders walk full of scenic interest, pleasant countryside, a beautiful loch and a spectacular section of coast. If you’d like to see more about this walk you can look at the Walk Blog from the previous walk or the Walk Recce.
We will head out on a track to Mire Loch. At the top of Mire Loch we will be at the spectacular coastal area of St Abb’s Head. Weather permitting, we will sit behind the lighthouse and have a snack. St Abb’s Head is a National Nature Reserve and we will spend some time here exploring. When we are all ready we will follow the coastal path to St Abbs.
We will wander through St Abbs and down the coast to the South. We will then follow the Milldown Burn to Coldingham and the historic Coldingham Priory. Once at Coldingham we will take a walk around the village and the surrounding area. This is an excellent place for lunch.
After lunch we will head out of Coldingham, back towards St Abbs, on the Creel Road. Before going back to the cars, we will call in at the Old School Café for refreshments.
Hope you can make it.
Julie and Martin x
Places of interest
St Abbs is a small fishing village on the rugged shoreline South of St Abb’s Head. The village is named after a 7th century princess Æbbe (later St Æbbe) who was shipwrecked here but was able to come ashore. She founded a nunnery at Coldingham.
This was the original fishing village in the area. Fisherman would fish from Coldingham Bay and travel from Coldingham to the coast and back. Later St Abbs became the fishing village.
Coldingham Priory was built on the site of the original nunnery and was a Benedictine Monastery.
St Abb’s Head
St Abb’s Head is a National Nature Reserve. There are 200 acres of coastal grassland, with sheer cliffs that serve as a nesting area for seabirds. The cliffs rise up to 300ft from the water. From here you can get fantastic views of the spectacular Berwickshire Coast.