Wildlife and scenery you can enjoy from our boat trips
The land around the promontory of St Abb’s Head is designated as a National Nature Reserve. Both the National Trust for Scotland and the Scottish WIldlife Trust assist in the management. A boat trip from Eyemouth is a great way of experiencing what the nature reserve has to offer.
Around 60,000 seabirds nest on the sheer faces of the cliffs and the offshore stacks. Kittiwakes, then auks such as guillemots and razorbills are the most conspicuous (and the noisiest!). Fulmars, herring gulls, shags and a small number of puffins (everyone’s favourite!) are also present.
Coastal grasslands, with a good range of plant species are also included in the reserve, as well as a loch, just inland. All of the St Abb's Head area has a good reputation for scarce bird species, especially during spring and autumn migration time.
Offshore, the waters from beyond St Abb’s Head down towards Eyemouth are a Voluntary Marine Reserve - the first in the UK. The area is exceptionally species rich - because it is a meeting and mixing place of both cold northern waters and warmer currents from the southern North Sea. Divers consider this area to be the finest location in Europe.
From time to time dolphins, minke and sperm whales (amongst others!) and even killer whales turn up in the Firth of Forth - in short, you never know what you might see on our boat trips!