Sunday 17 May 2020

St Abbs

St Abbs Harbour
St Abbs is a small fishing village in the Scottish borders. It is located on the east coast about 17 miles from Paxton and will take about 26 minutes via the A1 and B6438. Buses from Berwick-Upon-Tweed run to St Abbs via Eyemouth. St Abbs in an attractive village sitting just below the rugged cliffs of St Abb's Head and not far from the sandy beach at Coldingham Sands.

St Abbs has become a popular site for scuba diving and walkers. It is located on the Berwickshire Coastal Path affording stunning views of nearby Coldingham Sands and St Abb's Head. A stop at the visitor centre, located in the village is recommended.  A visit to Ebb Carr's cafe in the harbour is the ideal way to enjoy the tranquility of the village and stunning scenery whist indulging in some tasty treats.

St Abbs was originally called Coldingham Shore and the fisherman would walk one a half miles along the Creel Path, carrying their fishing gear from their homes at Fisher's Brae in Coldingham each day to reach their fishing boats at Coldingham Shore. In about  the middle of the 18th century that the first houses were built and by 1832 it was recorded the 16 families were living in the village.

In the 1890's the Laird, Andrew Usher renamed the village St Abbs.  Usher was instrumental in improving both the village and harbour, funding a new village hall, school, church and extending the outer harbour wall. He purchased the Northfield estate on the edge of the village and proceeded to create a countryside manor. In 1907 the Royal National Lifeboat Society supplied St Abbs with its first lifeboat, although today the lifeboat station is privately funded. 

St Abb's Head

Other Places Nearby
     St Abb's Head
   Coldingham Sands
    Coldingham Priory

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