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9. St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve

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St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve

St Abbs Head is a prominent rocky headland composed of solid lavas with high cliffs and offshore stacks. The hilly, cliff top grasslands are rich in flowers and butterflies and there is a sheltered freshwater loch surrounded by trees and bushes

From the car park, follow waymarked trails to a coastal footpath leading to the lighthouse for a spectacular walk.

In spring and early summer, thousands of Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes nest on the sheer cliffs together with Fulmars, Shags and a few Puffins, making this an excellent destination for birdwatchers. Late summer seawatching in onshore winds should produce shearwaters and skuas

A National Trust for Scotland Ranger Service operates on the site all year round. A Nature Centre (open daily from April to October), coffee shop (not NTS) and toilets are located beside the car park.

National Trust for Scotland Address:
(Administrative address - not actual location)
National Trust for Scotland
Ranger's Cottage
St Abbs
Eyemouth, TD14 5QF
Scotland, UK
Refer to map below for location of St Abbs Heade Nature Reserve 
St Abbs Head Opening Times: 
St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is open daily, all year round 
Visitor centre open daily from 1st April to 31st October, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
St Abbs Head Admission:
T: +44 (0)1890 771443.  

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