St Abbs

Holiday cottages in St Abbs are perfect for visitors who want to discover the spectacular coast and countryside of the Scottish borders. This sleepy fishing village lies on the coast of Southeast Scotland, in the county of Berwickshire. Its name comes from St Abbs Head, a craggy finger of land jutting into the sea. Film fans may be interested to know that it is the set for New Asgard in Avengers. The village consists of a tangle of narrow lanes lined with old fishermen’s cottages, descending to a storm-battered harbour. The working harbour is a great place to watch the comings and goings of lobster boats, whose catch includes local edible crabs known as ‘poos’.


Originally built for lighthouse keepers, Near Bank Cottage is a traditional end-terrace, stone-built cottage near St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve and offers guests an open fire and calming views. The pet-friendly property connects to the reserve and to the fascinating Scottish Borders region.

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In recent years, the harbour has become a popular base for sea angling, sight-seeing boat trips, birdwatching and – thanks to the incredibly clear water – scuba diving. Towering 300 feet above the sea, St Abbs Head Nature Reserve encompasses 200 acres of rugged clifftops where thousands of rare seabirds nest. A wander in the reserve is highly recommended on self-catering holidays in St Abbs, with breathtaking views along the Berwickshire coast. Look out for butterflies, and the old lighthouse, which was built by Lighthouse Stevensons in 1862.

Just south of St Abbs, Coldingham Bay is a magnificent sweep of golden sand where some of the region’s best surfing conditions can be found. The walk to Pettico Wick Bay is also impressive, where you can see dramatic folded rocks and pink and purple volcanic formations. From here, there is a lovely route back to the harbour via Mire Loch. In the village, there are several cafes serving fresh crab sandwiches and other local delicacies. Edinburgh is close enough for day trips during your stay in a holiday cottage in St Abbs, with regular buses to the city from the village centre.