Berwickshire Coastal Path

Overview

Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 355.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Dunbar / Berwick-upon-Tweed
> Distance: 39 miles (62 km)
> Availability: March to October
> Grading: Easy

Berwickshire Coastal Path Highlights

  • Enjoy an exhilarating walk along some of the highest sea cliffs in Britain
  • Beautiful little fishing villages and smugglers coves, virtually unchanged in centuries
  • Explore an area famed for its birdlife and rare coastal flora
  • Walk from Scotland to England through an area of historic border conflict, visiting the ruined forts and castles left behind
  • Visit Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth and learn about the area's history of smuggling
  • St Abbs Head - a spectacular national nature reserve formed by an extinct volcano

The Berwickshire Coastal Path, including the John Muir Link from Dunbar, takes you on a tour of some of the most scenic coastline in Britain. At only 38 miles in total, this relatively short trail gives you the opportunity to walk along some of the highest sea cliffs in Britain, and past many beautiful sandy beaches.

In an area famed for its birdlife, watch out for kittiwakes, puffins, oystercatchers, guillemots and curlews, especially at St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve.

Today the coastline is punctuated by peaceful, picturesque fishing villages such as St Abbs and Eyemouth, but it was not always so. This border region was the site of much contention between England and Scotland in the Middle Ages, and the largest town in the area, Berwick-upon-Tweed, changed hands more than a dozen times before England captured it for good in 1482. Evidence of this conflict is all along the trail, such as the clifftop ruins of Fast Castle and the impressive town walls at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

 

 

 

Keen to find out more about walking the Berwickshire Coastal Path? Check out our blog A Walk Along Berwickshire's Smugglers' Coast and our online photo album