Visit Eyemouth Fort in the centre of Eyemouth. Learn about its importance in Scotland, English and French history from the information boards and also at Eyemouth Museum. Walk around the Fort visiting the cannons and enjoying the specular views of the Berwickshire Coast.
Eyemouth Fort’s History
The English Fort (1547-1550)
The construction of the fort by the English was apart of the “Rough Wooing” Campaign which aimed to force a marriage between the infant Mary Queen of Scot’s and England’s Prince Edward. However, in 1550 the fort was demolished after the Treaty of Boulogne was signed which stated that English troops must be withdrawn from Scotland.
The French Fort (1557-1559)
It was in 1557 that the French strengthened alliances with Scotland due to the betrothal of Queen Mary and Francis, the Dauphin of France resulting in the fort being rebuilt. Defences were bigger and stronger than previously and the fort was occupied by the new French troops. It was seen as such a threat that the English border was viewed as unsecure prompting the rebuilding of the Berwick Walls. Nonetheless, it was the 1559 Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis that resulted in the fort being demolished once again.
Virtual Reality Experience
In a collaboration with Friends of Eyemouth, St Andrews University developed a virtual reality experience so that everyone would have the chance to see the fort as it was in its days of glory. Head to Eyemouth Museum to explore the fort through this technology and learn more about its history!
Explore the Fort
Head to the top of Eyemouth and beside Eyemouth Holiday Park you will see the fort. Although there is not much left to see today, you will discover the cannons and the grass remnants of the structures today shown in the VR experience. The fort is on the route of the Berwickshire Coastal Path or if you are looking for a more tamer walk, why not try a short town walk around the harbour and fort. Click here for a suggested walk.
Tip!- Keep an eye on our events page as Friends of Eyemouth Fort sometimes host re-enactments and guided tours!