Today, kayakers and paddleboarders snoop in and around these same coastal features to reach otherwise inaccessible beaches, or to get up close to the thousands of seabirds that breed in St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve. April to July.

An outdoor vibe has also been adopted further along the Coastal Path, particularly on the section between St Abbs and Eyemouth, attracting Edinburgh locals, many of whom have holiday homes here – some of them have even decided to move to the area.

It’s easy to see why they come. With a small population and plenty of room to play, Berwickshire is great for sports and adventure activities.

Diving and snorkelling have taken off here, thanks to some of the clearest coastal waters in all of the British Isles and a soft coral reef with colorful marine life. Wild swimming is also popular – and it’s not uncommon to see people practicing yoga on the beach before or after a cold swim – while nature walks are the perfect tonic for the overworked and stressed.

Do as the Edinburgh people do

Head to the beach

There are plenty of fine beaches along the Berwickshire coast, but Coldingham Sands, just a 10-minute walk south along the coast path from St Abbs, is the kind of beach you’ll dream of owning a home one day. of beach. There’s a cool cafe, a wide stretch of soft golden sand, rock pools, safe swimming – from June to September lifeguards patrol – colorful beach huts, wildlife-rich meadows and even surf lessons. .

Further north, past St Abb’s Head, Pease Bay is another gorgeous sandy beach popular with surfers and families, this time framed by red sandstone cliffs and within walking distance of the village of Cockburnspar.

Stroll through the villages

Besides sheep herding, fishing is Berwickshire’s main traditional industry, as you’ll discover as you explore its unassuming villages. At St Abbs, an operational fishing port, you can buy lobster and crab straight from the boat. If St Abbs looks familiar, it’s because he starred as New Asgard in Avengers: Endgame – a partnership celebrated in the visitor center above the harbour, though not all the locals are proud of the link.