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Why it's ace - by Liza and Georgia
Sometimes it's wild and dramatic, sometimes quiet and serene, St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve is an ace place to explore whatever the weather.

St. Abb's Head is one of the most easily accessible places in Scotland to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a seabird city! In summer the cliffs become a hive of activity as 45,000 seabirds make their home. These chatty birds spend almost their entire life out at sea, only returning to the land in the summer months to rear young.

From St. Abb's Head there are spectacular views to be seen on a clear day. To the north you can see as far as the Fife coast, Bass Rock and the Isle of May and to the south, the Cheviot Hills and the Farne Islands. If you are very lucky, you might even catch sight of a passing whale or a pod of dolphins!

St. Abbs is a great place to access The Berwickshire Coastal Path, so if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, why not explore further along this route, climbing the highest cliffs on the Berwickshire coast as you go?

Many people believe that the North Sea is grey, murky and devoid of life – but they couldn't be further from the truth! The fact is that the waters around St. Abbs are teeming with weird and wonderful watery marine life. In recognition of this, St Abb's Head coastal waters have been designated as a Voluntary Marine Reserve, the first of this kind of designation in Scotland.

The lack of any major rivers discharging nearby, combined with fast currents, means that the water here is very clear. The good visibility attracts scuba divers who want to come face to face with some of the Marine Reserve's weirder inhabitants first hand, like the wolf fish, pictured here. But you don't have to be a scuba diver to discover the world beneath the waves. At low tide, rock pools are exposed which are great for paddling about in. If you want to find out more, why not join the Marine Ranger on a Seashore Safari and delve deeper into the rockpools? For the really hardy, you could even try snorkelling in the shallow waters!

St. Abbs is easy to get to, being close to the A1 and with good bus links from Berwick or Edinburgh. As you can see there are oads of things to discover and explore here. Why not visit, and find out what makes St Abbs such an ace place?!

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