East Coast country
– Thomas Telford
The Notorious South East Coast
Eyemouth was once a notorious smuggling centre, for caves abound along this rocky coastline; it is still an active port, where trawlers regularly land their catches.
St Abbs lies to the north of Eyemouth, a tiny village at the foot of impressive cliffs. Nearby is St Abb’s Head, renowned for its spectacular scenery and towering cliffs with their colonies of nesting seabirds.
St Abbs Head lies just a couple of miles north of St Abbs and provides some stunning views of Scotland’s wild and woolly South East Coast
Dunbar, mid-way between Edinburgh and the English border, suffered many attacks. In 1338 the castle was defended by ‘Black Agnes’, who is said to have dusted the battlements with her handkerchief as a sign of contempt for her attackers.
Tantallon Castle is built on a rocky promontory, defended on the seaward side only by the cliffs.
From the towering walls, the views across the Forth to the Bass Rock are excellent. On the rock, gannets nest in their thousands.
Preston Mill, near East Linton, is still in perfect working order, even though parts of the building date back to the 17th century.