Coldingham Bay

Award Winning Beach

 

Coldingham Bay

Just a 10 - 15 minute walk from village centre.

Coldingham Sands is an award winning sandy seashore on Berwickshire's rocky coast.

The beach has received the Seaside Award which is for beaches that are more rural in character, being quieter and less developed.

The Marine Conservation Society have also awarded the beach its top award for cleanliness every year since 2006.

There is a cafe, toilets, and two disabled car parking spaces. There is ample free parking but please do not park on double yellow lines.

The beach, which is approximately 200 metres wide, is well sheltered by headlands to the north and south with rocky sections at both extremities of the sand. The beach is popular with surfers and bodyboarders and lifeguards are on duty during busy summer periods.

Coldingham Bay

The beach has many beach huts some of which are believed to be 100 years old. The huts are leased from the Scottish Borders council who own the sands.

Coldingham Bay is situated within the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve which itself is part of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Special Area of Conservation.

The rocky shore around the bay is full of marine life with many types of sea creatures and seaweed to be found.

Inland from the seashore is an area of dunes and grassland which provide a fragile habitat for a host of plants and animals.

The Berwickshire Coastal Path goes round the perimeter of the bay and provides walks that give easy access to St Abbs to the north and Eyemouth to the south.

At the southern end of the beach lies Homeli Knoll, a steep sided hillock which provides fine views of the beach area and along the coast. The south facing slope of the Knoll has seen sightings of the Small Blue butterfly and its sole larval foodplant Kidney Vetch ANTHYLLIS VULNERARIA grows there.

Kidney Vetch

 

Small Blue Butterfly

Milldown Burn flows into the southern part of the Bay and is its main inflowing water source, rising on Coldingham Moor and running through the village before reaching the Bay.

On the north side of the bay stands The Kip, an eight metre high sea stack which stands on dry land at low tide. At the southern extremity of the bay are the 30 metre high grassy cliffs of Yellow Craig.