Five miles north of the border on the Berwickshire coast is the busy fishing port of Eyemouth. Easily accessible by road, rail, sea, or air via Newcastle, Eyemouth is well suited for weekend seaside breaks and longer holidays that can be exciting or laid back as you wish.

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Fishing has been the life and soul of Eyemouth since the 13th century and the Eyemouth Museum, in the Auld Kirk on Market Place, has displays on the town's fishing heritage. The centrepiece is the Eyemouth Tapestry, made by local people in 1981 to mark the centenary of the Great Disaster of 1881, when 189 local fishermen were drowned during a violent storm.

The waters around Eyemouth are excellent for scuba diving. They form part of the (St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve) one of the best dive sites in Scotland, with a wide variety of marine life and the spectacular Cathedral Rock.

In the same building as the museum is the Tourist Information Centre, Tel 50678. Open Apr-Jun and Sep Mon-Sat 1000-1700 and Sun 1230-1430; Jul and Aug Mon-Sat 0930-1730, Sun 1200-1700; Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1600. Hours subject to change.

Local Sights & Activities for Eyemouth


The Most interesting local sight is the lovely GunsGreen House and the small charming harbour. The whole coastline is spectacular and well worth visiting.

There are a number of excellent coastal walks around Eyemouth, particularly the seven-mile Burnmouth to St Abbs walk described below. There are also shorter walks, which are described in the Walks in and around Eyemouth leaflet, available at the tourist office.

Nearby Ancient Monuments

Castles Nearby

Ayton Castle

Privately owned Victorian Gothic castle near Eyemouth in the Scottish borders with "scandalous" recent history

Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House was built in the 1750s by John Adam, one of the most famous and most expensive architects of the day. Located overlooking Eyemouth Harbour it is surely the most dramatic and romantic of Georgian houses.

Manderston House

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era.

Local Visitor Attractions


Pocketful is a children’s activity centre and shop based in the centre of Eyemouth next to the harbour that offers a wide range of fun, educational and creative activities, based around arts & crafts, story-telling and dressing-up, music, film and lots more to feed their imaginations.

Eyemouth Events

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

The the longest established walking festival in Scotland draws scores of walking enthusiasts and spectators alike.

St Abbs Market

Local produce, crafts and gift market with local artwork, gifts and food.

Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival

A week long festival of family events in July preceded by the crowning of that year's herring Queen.

Eyemouth Hotels & Accommodation

Eyemouth has a wide range of accommodation including self catering harbourside apartments, caravans and campsites, hotels and inns. Check out the best Eyemouth hotel deals with LateRooms here.

Otherwise there are several B&Bs in and around town, including Hillcrest, Coldingham Rd, Tel 50463, and Gunsgreen Lodge, Gunsgreen Park, Tel. 752085, bookings Tel 07713-101486. There's also a campsite at the Eyemouth Holiday Park, Tel 751050, overlooking the beach at the north end of town.

Eating Out

Eating options are fairly limited. There's a string of pubs and hotels along the harbour serving fresh fish and standard bar meals, the best being The Ship, Tel 50224. Otherwise try the Old Bakehouse, opposite the tourist office, which serves cheap snacks and meals all day.

Oblo Bar & Bistro

Oblò is an award winning Style Bar and Bistro situated on the harbour front of Eyemouth. Situated on the first floor, with a street-facing floor to ceiling ‘porthole’.

Travel Directions to Eyemouth

There are several buses daily to and from Edinburgh (1 hr 40 mins), and there are a couple of daily buses (Mon-Fri) to and from Kelso, via Duns. There's also a daily service to and from Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you're driving, the best route north is the scenic A1107 which joins the fast A1 near Cockburnspath.

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