The Beach Guide

Coldingham Bay

Coldingham Bay - Scottish Borders

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The beach itself is about 1 kilometre long and 200 metres wide. It faces east and is a good place to catch the early morning sunshine. The clean sands are backed by plenty of grassy areas and the place has a relaxed, rural feel to it. To the northern end of the beach are some historic beach huts, while at the southern end lies Homeli Knoll, a steep, grassy hillock, well worth the climb for excellent views along the coastline. Beyond that, at the southernmost extremity of the bay is Yellow Craig, a 30-metre high cliff.

The waters of Coldingham Bay provide an ideal habitat for a wide variety of marine life. At low tide, young explorers can be seen searching for interesting finds in the many rockpools. Look out for hermit crabs, anemones and more.

Inland from the beach is an area of dunes, which has some interesting flora and fauna - particularly wildflowers and butterflies in the summer. The Berwickshire Coastal Path passes close to the beach and can be used to walk to St Abbs and Eyemouth.

Not far behind the beach are the romantic ruins of Coldingham Priory, founded in the 11th century by King Edgar I of Scotland. The priory was destroyed by Cromwell's troops in the 17th century.

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Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a lead from June to September.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
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    • Beach hut hire

    Nearest town



    TD14 5PA

    OS grid ref.

    NT 9180 6659

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    Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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