Our vibrant fishing communities’ heritage and culture have captured the imagination of many for generations. With the sneaky smugglers at Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth Fort which was once English and then French, the strength of Willie Spears to fight the fishing levies and the defining geological discovery by James Hutton at Siccar Point, there is much to discover!
Day 1: EYEMOUTH FORT & EYEMOUTH MUSEUM
Begin the day at Eyemouth Museum which sets the scene of Eyemouth’s culture, heritage and rich history. The museum is filled with artefacts corresponding with the area’s industries, fishing: farming: etc. Here you can take a virtual interactive tour of Eyemouth Fort, whose history is vast and internationally reaching, with ownership of both the French and the English. It links to the likes of James V of Scotland, Henry VIII of England and Mary Queen of Scots. The Fort is well worth a visit for the stunning views alone but after learning about the history you can see the fort come to life.
Day 2: GUNSGREEN HOUSE & 1881 Fishing Disaster Memorials
John Nisbet’s Smuggling Haven stands across from the town on the harbour. Whilst he presented himself as a local merchant, Nisbet’s designed Gunsgreen House to aide his smuggling needs with a tea chute and large cellars for direct access to the sea for tobacco and brandy deliveries. There is a museum in the lower entrance which setting the scene of his smuggling ways.
The Fishing Disaster of 1881 occurred after a severe storm stuck on October 14th which resulted in the deaths of 189 fishermen thus leaving their families behind. There are a total of four emotive memorials found at Burnmouth, Eyemouth, St Abbs and Cove each representing the families left behind.
Day 3: COLDINGHAM PRIORY & ST ABBS LIGHTHOUSE
Visit Coldingham Priory, which once housed Benedictine monks. Be sure to stop by the Coldingham Luckenbooth for some fascinating facts on the Priory and the area.
Walk through the St Abb's Head Nature Reserve to reach St Abbs Lighthouse, our stunning landmark. It marks the Southern entrance to the Firth of Forth and was built following the sinking of the ship, "Martello" in 1857.
Day 4: Siccar Point
Take the trip to Siccar Point which attained Site of Special Scientific Interest Status, based the location's influence on James Hutton's 1788 Unconformity theory. A casting of the Siccar Point unconformity is housed in the American Museum of Natural History.
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