St Abb’s Head Birdwatching

The hike is famous for its coastal headland with dramatic cliffs and large colonies of breeding seabirds.

The St Abb’s Head hike is a circular trail along the cliffs of the headland and back around the Mire Loch. The cliffs offer excellent views of the rugged rock formations and densely populated bird-nesting areas – a very noisy spectacle in early summer.

The St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve is one of Britain’s most accessible seabird habitats. The sheer cliffs, deep gullies and offshore sea stacks provide the perfect habitat, safe from predators, for the tens of thousands of seabirds nesting here every year from May to July. Seabirds nesting here include Fulmars, Guillemots, Hering Gulls, Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Shags. At different times of the year, the reserve is also home to Wild fowls and other migratory birds.

Mostly dry and grassy walk along high cliffs with some short steep inclines. Caution is required near the edge of the cliffs. The return is partly on an asphalted road.

Distance: 6.25 km
Ascent: 110 m
Duration: 2 hours

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