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  • Pink Thrift growing by the sea at St Abb's Head
    Pink Thrift growing by the sea at St Abb's Head© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Razorbill
    Razorbill© Laurie Campbell
  • St Abb's Head looking North
    St Abb's Head looking North© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Black Guillemot
    Black Guillemot © Laurie Campbell
  • The lighthouse and cottages at St Abb's Head
    The lighthouse and cottages at St Abb's Head© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Kittiwakes
    Kittiwakes© Laurie Campbell

Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, the craggy landscape of St Abb’s Head on the Berwickshire coast is a National Nature Reserve famous for its clamouring seabirds, rugged coastline, rich grasslands and crystal-clear waters.

A veritable ‘seabird city’, St Abb’s Head is a year-round haven for birdwatchers, walkers and wildlife lovers.

The dramatic cliffs provide spectacular vantage points from which to watch thousands of nesting seabirds, including guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills.

Among the rugged cliffs and offshore rock stacks, some of which stand 90 metres tall, you may feel suspended in serene isolation, but in fact this wilderness is just four miles away from the A1.

The seas off St Abb’s Head form part of Scotland’s only Voluntary Marine Reserve, which exists to protect the diverse natural environment while serving the needs of creel fishermen, divers, surfers and sailors.


The National Trust for Scotland owns 20 properties around the coast of Scotland.

Together they hold almost a fifth of all of the seabirds breeding in Scotland.

Learn about the species of seabirds and where they can be found in Scotland on our Seabird site >>

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Opening times & Prices

22 Jul
  • Nature Reserve: all year daily
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  • Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support our work by joining or making a donation.

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver

5 day weather forecast

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