The Port of Eyemouth
Eyemouth is the largest town in Berwickshire, and has been a fishing port since the 13th century. It remains a busy working harbour with a number of boats regularly fishing out of it. The sights, sounds (and smells!) around the bustling harbour area show how important fishing still is to the town.
Overlooking the town is Gunsgreen House, an imposing 18th century merchant’s house of Adam design which is now a popular visitor attraction and venue open to the public following an extensive renovation.
Two new leisure craft pontoons are proving popular with visiting pleasure craft from Britain, Europe and even further afield. Sightseeing trips operate too, and boats regularly take out parties of divers to explore underwater. And it’s not just people and boats who use the harbour – frequent visitors also include swans and seals. There is always something to see in this working port.
As well as the harbour, Eyemouth also boasts a sandy beach. At low tide, rockpools are revealed, just waiting to be explored. Keen golfers should make their way to the golf club and try out their skills on the famous 6 th hole, a par 3 recently voted ‘Britain’s most extraordinary golf hole’.
The High Street has a wide range of shops, including a delicatessen, several fishmongers and an art gallery. The Visitor Information Centre is open from Easter to October, as is Eyemouth Museum, which tells the history of the area and has a changing programme of exhibitions. Don’t miss the magnificent Eyemouth Tapestry, commemorating the 1881 Great East Coast Fishing Disaster. The Maritime Centre on Harbour Road is also well worth a visit to expand your knowledge of maritime history.
Whatever your appetite, you won’t be disappointed in Eyemouth. There’s plenty of choice among the restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistos all offering a wide range of local produce and diverse menus. Hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars offer a huge choice of food and drink. Café latte or traditional ale, fish supper or balti-style vegetarian feast, award-winning ice-cream or a kipper roll, the choice is yours!