Camping in St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

Set on stunning coastal headland, St Abb’s boasts dramatic cliffs, colorful wildflowers and thousands of seabirds.

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Beirhope Alpacas

10 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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Walkmill Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Refreshingly understated private camping in the unspoiled Northumberland countryside
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Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping

53 units · Glamping, Tents500 acres · Hawick, Scottish Borders
Pick between the woods and the walled garden at this stunning Scottish Borders site
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Harvest Moon Holidays Beach Cabins

7 units · Glamping4 acres · Nr Dunbar, Scotland
A beachside glamping paradise less than an hour from Edinburgh
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The Old Chapel Campsite

30 units · Tents1 acre · Grizedale, England
Nearly wild camping in the North Pennines
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West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

46 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Glasgow, Lanarkshire, South Scotland
A welcoming campsite on the West Highland Way
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Loch Katrine Eco Camping

22 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Stirling and Falkirk, Central Scotland
Loch-side sleeping and exploring in one of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park's most historic locations
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Culdees Castle Estate Glamping

5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes17 acres · Perthshire , Scotland
Luxury woodland cabins, each with a private hot tub, in the grounds of a Scottish castle
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The Snug at Logie Farm

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Falkland, Fife, Central Scotland
Luxury glamping pods with all mod cons, with an elevated position overlooking the River Tay.
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Bracken at Middlemoor Farm Holidays

2 units · Glamping1 acre · Alnwick, England
Bracken, one of our two dog friendly pods, kingsize bed, toilet and shower, hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle. Enclosed outdoor space with fire pit, bbq and Log fired hottub to relax in and enjoy the views down to the coast. A ten minute drive to the fabulous Northumberland coastline and pretty villages and Castles, ten minute drive also to Alnwick Gardens and Lilidorei.
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Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · Bamburgh, Northumberland, North East England
We are perfectly situated to explore both the Northumbrian Coastal area, including Holy Island , Bamburgh etc but also great for those who wish to discover the amazing Cheviot hills. Our site is managed organically and has won awards for sustainable tourism, itself a true escape and nature paradise.
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Bamburgh Under Canvas

5 units · Glamping7 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Luxury Lotus Belle tent glamping with sweeping views, within walking distance of Bamburgh town and castle (and beach)
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Camping in St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

Just outside the pretty coastal fishing village of St Abbs, the rocky promontory of St Abb’s Head is home to a national nature reserve cared for by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). From the cliff tops you can get close-up views of thousands of nesting seabirds—including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes—during the summer months. Colorful wildflowers, such as sea pinks, rock rose and wild thyme, carpet the grassland behind the cliffs. Three trails allow you to thoroughly explore the coastal path, lighthouse and inland Mire Loch, home to swans, damselflies and butterflies. There is no camping in the reserve, but the Shepherd’s Rest Campsite is just 20 minutes down the coast.

When to go

The reserve is open every day, all year-round. For birdwatching, the best time to visit is definitely spring and summer. As well as experiencing the richest birdlife, this time of years is also your best bet for good weather and daylight hours are long. In the fall you may spot rare birds and geese flying overhead, while winter has the appeal of seal pups lying on the beach.

Know before you go

  • Despite its wild “edge of the world” feel, the reserve is easily accessible, lying just off the A1 road.
  • The reserve has an accessible path that people of all abilities can follow.
  • Take care by keeping back from the cliff edge and always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • The NTS runs a Nature Centre, which has information about the reserve’s natural and cultural history.
  • The Old Smiddy Coffee Shop is next to the Nature Center and there are picnic tables outside.

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