We loved our holiday in this unique location.
On our first morning we discovered that a conservation group were setting up next to the lighthouse to watch whales for most of the day, so we joined them for a while, only catching sight of some dolphins in the evening after the group, and the nature reserve’s other visitors, had all gone home.
Hard to know how to score this fairly for local amenities, because it depends on what you want. It’s not great for supermarkets, gift shops etc, but you are next to a lighthouse, so it’s a bit beside the point. Our best days were the ones we spent close to the cottage, looking out to sea, where, as well as the dolphins, we think we saw minke whales and porpoises. Seabirds are all over the sides of the cliffs, just yards from the cottages.
There’s a good cafe in St Abb’s village, by the harbour, which is walkable along the coast path, though I wouldn’t want to hazard it in the dark. Fantastic seafood for sale in Eyemouth harbour if you are happy to cook your own.
Bring walking shoes, binoculars, and a full body wetsuit complete with gloves and aqua socks if you want to try the snorkel trail, because the sea is icy. Wetsuits are for hire at Coldingham Bay, a short drive away.
The bed is, bluntly, the worst bed we’ve slept in when hiring a cottage but we knew that before booking. A mattress protector is provided, which improves the bed a little. It’s better than a camp bed, just about. Otherwise the cottage is clean and fairly well equipped. The dining chairs are the fold out ikea ones.
It almost seems churlish to mention the furnishings, because the location is so good and the value for money incredible.
During the day there are a few walkers on the nature reserve and at night nobody at all. I’d come here every year if I could.
11 Aug 2022