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Review: Eyemouth


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Pretty town with a secret past

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Oct 2012
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Clinging to the coastline in an unspoilt part of South East Scotland you will find Eyemouth, by turning off the A1.

Fishermans cottages, alongiside cobbled streets, traditional shops on narrow streets, a pretty harbour where you can feed the resident seals, harbourside restaurants and cafes where you can sit and watch the working fishing fleet bring in the fish eaten at the cafes,boat trips and a beautiful beach all make Eyemouth a lovely place for a day trip or holiday.

Then there is the history. Eyemouth once a smugglers paradise is known to have secret hideaways where smuggled goods were stored. Eyemouth's most famous smugglers store is Gunsgreen House. A magnificent large house with striking architecture which stands proudly above the harbour. Gunsgreen House was built by smuggler John Nisbit in 1753. The house has a tea chute and vast cellars and hidden areas for smuggled goods. It's interactive museum- The Smuggling Experience shows its past, tours of the house are available daily from April to October

Gungreen House is not just a popular attraction. It is also a venue for weddings, It also offers luxury self catering accomodation in the Merchants House and Nisbets Tower.

Eyemouth houses art galleries and museums such as the Smokehouse Gallery and the Fishing Museum,

For golfers, it has an excellent golf course. The Bayview Restaurant on the top floor of the Golf Club serves excellent meals and provides outstanding views of the coastline.

Eyemouth has a wide variety of accomodation for visitors. Hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments are plentiful. Holiday cottages, Caravan and Chalet parks are also available.Eyemouth welcomes its visitors and has something for everyone, its peaceful and quiet and life is a bit like stepping back in time.

Near Eyemouth is St Abbs Nature Reserve where in Summer Months Tens of thousands of nesting seabirds are on the cliffs, whilst carpets of wild flowers cover nearby grasslands.

A tip, many of the museums, tours are closed in the Winter to a visit. A trip April to October is probably the best time to visit.


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  • ESW
    over 8 years ago
    It's a long time since we visited Eyemouth and this has made me want to go back. Thanks for posting such a lovely review.