WILDLIFE & WALKING
There are plenty of walks from Coldingham Loch as the Berwickshire coastal path is about 200m walk from the loch & there you will find the highest cliffs on the east coast of Britain. It is a fabulous spot to simply sit and enjoy the views, solitude, and abundant birdlife and if you are lucky you may spot a seal, porpoise, whale or dolphin.
DIVING & BOAT TRIPS
St Abbs, a pretty fishing village can be found south of Coldingham Loch along the coastal path. The deep clear waters off St Abbs Head are designated a marine nature reserve and offer the diver a rich variety of marine life to enjoy. There are also boat trips from St Abbs harbour out to the marine reserve in a glass bottomed boat and also for those who enjoy sea fishing this can be arranged from St Abbs or from Eyemouth.
There are opportunities to fish for salmon and trout on the river Tweed, with its tributaries the Teviot, Yarrow, Ettrick, Leader and Whiteadder. For still water fly fishing as well as the loch here, there is the Watch Fly Reservoir and the Whiteadder Reservoir. For those who enjoy sea fishing the rocks off Coldingham Bay or at Eyemouth Bay and harbour offer a good chance of a sea bass, mackerel or cod.
St Abbs is just along the coast from Coldingham and guests can walk there along the coastal path from the Loch or it’s around ten minutes by car and then a 20 minute walk from the car park. St Abbs Head has one of the largest mainland seabird colonies in Britain and so is an excellent place to observe cliff-nesting seabirds.
a 10 minute walk from St Abbs along the coastal path and you come to Coldingham Bay (also 10 minutes by car from the Loch through Coldingham village). This lovely blue flag beach offers good sand & surfing with many rock pools for both old and young to explore. Fantastic walks along both south and north from the beach offer visitors an easy way to enjoy the lovely views and fresh air of this lovely bit of coastline. Pack a picnic and a rug and find your own piece of sand or grassy hillock on which to while away the hours.
ST ABBS HEAD NATURE RESERVE
St Abbs Head is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and although best known for its seabird colony the reserve includes approximately 200 acres of grasslands rich in flowers, a freshwater loch (Mire Loch) and a steady stream of migrant birds in autumn and spring. Information boards give details of the footpaths that cross Head.
Fishing at Eyemouth dates back to the 13th century and the harbour is still active today. The mouth of the River Eye provides a natural harbour and sandy beaches along with a tourist information centre and the fascinating Eyemouth Maritime Museum situated on Harbour Road. Eyemouth also has local shops, banks and library.
COVE HARBOUR & BEACH
Five miles north of the loch, up the coast is Cove Harbour a fascinating place with a small sandy beach and plenty of history. There is parking in the village and then a walk down to the harbour & the beach which is reached via a tunnel carved through the rock.
Plenty of courses around for golfers: Eyemouth, Berwick, Duns, North Berwick, Gullane, Dunbar, Coldstream and Goswick to name a few. Eyemouth is our local course and offers panoramic views over the North Sea. The par three, 170 yard sixth hole at Eyemouth was recently voted Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole. Cardrona, the newest addition to the Borders courses has been given the label of the ‘Gleneagles of the South’…when you play it you’ll see why.
Walking approximately 3.5 miles north along the coast from Coldingham Loch you come to the ruined remains of Fast Castle overlooked by Telegraph Hill, a summit of 170m overlooking the precipitous cliffs of this rugged coastline. A few miles away is Ayton castle (though this is a private residence and not open to the public), a unique example of a restored Scottish Castle. The ruins of Berwick castle along with the fully accessible and well preserved ramparts at Berwick Upon Tweed are well worth a visit. And there are many castles scattered throughout the borders, many within an hour or so’s drive – Duns, Roxburgh, Tantallon, Floors, Hume, Thirlestane to name but a few and then of course there is Edinburgh Castle as well as Alnwick and Bamburgh just over the border in Northumberland.
12 miles south from Coldingham Loch this historic town offers visitors shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the beauty and history of this walled town located at the mouth of the River Tweed. Lancastrian painter L.S Lowry loved the town and today there is a specially created Lowry Trail for those who want to explore his favourite holiday town. From the top of the Elizabethan Town Walls you can take in some spectacular views over the wide estuary of the River Tweed including Stephenson’s famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world and which is now lit at dusk.
THEATRE, DANCE, MUSIC & FILM
The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre in Berwick-on Tweed is the premier performing and media arts venue for north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, housing a beautiful 325-seat theatre, studio, restaurant, bar and conference facilities. It offers visitors a wide range of live theatre, dance, music, comedy and film. Go to www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
The Scottish Borders and Northumberland are areas renowned for their beauty, lovely old market towns (Dunbar, Kelso, Duns, Haddington) and relaxing pace of life. There are numerous walks further afield up or down the coast with some fabulous big sandy beaches in north Northumberland (at Bamburgh Castle - seen in photo on the left, Lindisfarne, Holy island etc). Inland you have the Northumberland National Park, walks along the numerous rivers, historic houses to visit, old towns to enjoy, and for the energetic there are also two of the 7 Stanes mountain bike riding centres at Newcastleton (Northumberland) and Glentress & Innerleithen (in the Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders).
is less than an hour by car from Coldingham Loch or you can enjoy a fabulous coastal train journey from Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Full of history, beautiful buildings and fantastic shopping and of course the Edinburgh Festival, this gem in Scotlands crown is not to be missed. And of course the zoo now hosts the first Giant Pandas in the UK for 17 years.