Things to do in Eyemouth

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Just north of Northumberland and the English border, you’ll find the quaint Scottish town of Eyemouth. It’s a working fishing town with beautiful scenery and a pretty seaside resort. 

It’s only a short distance from our Berwick and Haggerston Castle holiday parks, which you can reach by driving down the A1. If you and the family are looking for exciting things to do in Eyemouth, keep reading!

Eyemouth Harbour

Eyemouth Harbour

Like any fishing town, the harbour is the crowning jewel of Eyemouth. With its picturesque buildings and boats moored on the water, the harbour is a great place for a leisurely stroll in all weathers. 

Walk along the harbour road and you’ll see the rolling countryside with Gunsgreen House on the horizon. Harbour seals play around these waters, and with a fish stall right on the front, you'll be able to feed them by hand! 

It's a paved harbour area which is fairly easy to navigate for people with limited mobility.

Eyemouth Beach

Eyemouth Beach

Just past the harbour along Marine Parade, you'll find a beautiful, flat stretch of sandy beach. There’s a wall just west of the harbour, sheltering you from the wind. It makes the perfect spot for setting up your deck chair on a sunny day! 

Dogs are allowed all year round to run about and splash in the water. At low tide, little ones (and big kids alike) will be able to explore the rockpools for starfish and other critters. The seals you’ll spot at the harbour play in the water here and sometimes rest on the beach to soak up the sunshine. 

Backing onto the beach you’ll find the promenade which leads to public toilets and other facilities if you need refreshments.

Eyemouth Museum

In the heart of Eyemouth, you’ll find this hidden gem. For educational and fun things to do, Eyemouth Museum is one to add to your itinerary. It’s perfect for history buffs and curious minds to explore! Admission isn’t too steep, and children and carers can come in for free. 

From the many vibrant exhibits, photos, artefacts, and interactive displays, you can learn about the fascinating details of the fishing and farming industries, including the tragic Eyemouth Disaster of 1881.

The Eyemouth Tapestry is a sight to behold - it took two years to complete by a team of 24 people. It depicts the great disaster when 189 fishermen were lost at sea. Their names are sewn into panels of fine stitching to remember the lost boats and crew. 

When you have soaked in all that maritime history knowledge, pop by the gift shop. You’ll be able to buy traditional gifts and local crafts including books and produce.

The ground floor of the museum is accessible for wheelchair users.

Berwickshire Marine Reserve

Berwickshire Marine Reserve

Since 1984, this marine reserve has protected habitats and species in this area. It’s a registered charity with a mission to promote sustainable fishing and support marine life while studying geology through important dives. It's free to enter and ideal for the whole family to learn more about the importance of looking after our seas and the creatures within them. 

There are photographic exhibits, as well as artefacts and specimens of different species from the area. For little ones, there’s a dedicated colouring area to keep them entertained as they learn about sea creatures native to the waters. The reserve is run by friendly volunteers. Find it in the hippodrome on Harbour Road.

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Eyemouth Fort

Eyemouth Fort
The spectacular view from Eyemouth Fort

If you’re looking for outdoorsy things to do near Eyemouth, visit the Eyemouth Fort. On the Berwickshire coastal path, you’ll find remnants of what used to be a fort used by the English and French. Today, you’ll find grassy areas and old cannons with fabulous panoramic views of the coast and countryside.

Photo opportunities are aplenty here! You can pose with the old cannons and as you gaze out over the sea, you might be lucky enough to spot porpoises, seals, and seabirds.

You can get to the fort by following the coastal path that joins Eyemouth Beach. As a friendly note, wheelchair users and people with limited mobility may find it difficult to visit the fort, as the coastal path is rugged with loose stones.

Beachcomber Amusements

Beachcomber Amusements
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The neon lights, the jingle of coppers in the metal trays of the pusher machines. If you’re in Eyemouth, visit the amusement arcade! There are family-friendly games and entertainment with traditional machines, video games, and a mini bowling alley to keep you entertained for hours! 

You’ll find Beachcomber just a short walk from Eyemouth Beach. Like any traditional amusements, you’ll be able to grab drinks and sweet treats from the kiosk next door. 

The amusements are wheelchair accessible.

Gunsgreen House

John Nisbet was an Eyemouth local and a colourful character. He lived in Gunsgreen House as a respected merchant by day and smuggler by night. 

You’ll find it right on Eyemouth Harbour - the unusual building is hard to miss! Did you know it was even designed and built with Nisbet’s smuggling in mind? He stored tobacco and brandy in its vast cellars and hidden passageways. 

Today, it’s a fascinating museum dedicated to Eyemouth’s history of smuggling. Walk around the exhibits to discover its secrets for yourself. Sneak around hidden passageways, inspect artefacts, and interact with displays to learn all about the history of smuggling and the life John Nisbet lived here.

Plan your trip ahead and leave room for sandwiches and cakes - you can enjoy an afternoon tea at the museum.

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