A vibrant fishing community with a rich history, friendly seals and a sandy beach.
What can I do?
- Research the history of the town at the Eyemouth Museum, and explore the tapestry commemorating the fishing disaster of 1881.
- Visit the Eyemouth Maritime Centre; its World of Boats exhibition changes twice a year with new displays from its collection of nearly 400 boats and 300 models. Many of the craft are unique and are the last known examples of their kind anywhere in the world.
- Visit Gunsgreen House and find out about 18th century smuggling along this part of the coast.
- Check out the working harbour – the second largest inshore fishing port (fishing remains the mainstay of the local economy). You can often see seals hoping for easy fish!
- Go rockpooling on the beach. (The last hour before the tide is fully out gives best results, always be careful when the tide is on the way in!)
- Do a seashore safari with staff from the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Marine Reserve.
- Take the Eyemouth town trail
What do I need to know?
- Eyemouth is a working harbour town so be careful as fishermen go about their business
- The Maritime Centre is open in the summer Monday to Sunday 11am to 6pm, and in the winter Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4.30pm.
- Eyemouth Museum is open Easter to September between 10am to 5pm (except on Sundays when it closes at 1pm). In October the Museum opens 10am to 4pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
- The Marine Ranger from the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve (VMR) is available by advance booking to give talks and lead activities for all age groups from nursery to further education. (There is also the possibility of combining a visit to the VMR with a visit to the breeding seabird colony at St Abb’s Head where the National Nature Reserve Ranger can lead seabird activities by advance booking.)
- To get to Eyemouth by train, disembark at Berwick-upon-tweed. Bus and taxi services are available from the station for the 8 mile journey to Eyemouth.
Where can I find out more?
- Eyemouth Maritime Centre
- Eyemouth Museum
- Gunsgreen House
- Teaching packs for primary groups exploring the shore are available from the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Marine Reserve website
- Berwickshire and Northumberland Coast European Marine Site
- The Berwickshire Coastal Path
- Eyemouth visitor’s guide
Try our specially designed family activities. Fishing, Tourism and Dangerous Seas are all great ways of getting to know Eyemouth. You can download pdf versions of these activities using the links to the right, or visit the Inspire me page to find a these and other activities in both pdf and Microsoft Word versions (for you to customise if you wish).
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