Berwickshire Coastal Path

Berwickshire Coastal Path Route

This is our suggested Berwickshire Coastal Path route (including the John Muir Link). Click on Itineraries and Prices for various route options.

Day 1: Arrive in Dunbar 
Arrive in Dunbar - picturesque harbour town and birthplace of the great conservationist John Muir.

Day 2: Dunbar to Cockburnspath
(10.25 miles / 16.5 km)
Dunbar has plenty of sights of interest, including the 16th century harbour and the ruins of Dunbar Castle where Mary Queen of Scots once sheltered.

From here, the John Muir Link sticks tightly to the coast, passing the sites of two Iron Age forts, a Geological trail at Catcraig, and the impressive lighthouse at Barns Ness.

A short diversion inland will take you through the small medieval village of Dunglass, and on to Cockburnspath.

Day 3: Cockburnspath to Dowlaw (7.5 miles / 12 km)
Cockburnspath is the start of the official Berwickshire Coastal Path, which will begin by taking you to Cove Harbour, accessed by an old smugglers tunnel. Soon after you will pass through Pease Bay SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), a haven for birdlife, and then on to Siccar Point.

The day finishes near the ruins of Fast Castle which occupies a dramatic location on a sheer-sided rock jutting out into the sea.

Day 4: Dowlaw to Eyemouth (10.5 miles / 17 km)
From Dowlaw you will soon reach what is possibly the highlight of the path, St Abb's Head. This headland offers fantastic coastal views, and as a Nature Reserve it offers haven to many thousands of seabirds.

Soon after the trail comes to the tiny, picturesque fishing village of St Abbs, and then past the blue flag beach of Coldingham Sands, popular with surfers. Today's walk finishes at the larger harbour village of Eyemouth.

Day 5: Eyemouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed (12 miles / 19 km)
On your final day the trail will take you on more clifftop walking before crossing the modern border into England. Soon after passing the Needle’s Eye, a rock archway on the cliff edge, you will arrive in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The much fought over town still boasts impressive 16th century walls, along with it’s three bridges over the strategic River Tweed. The town has many pubs and restaurants where you can toast your completion of the path.

Day 6: Onward travel