East Lothian & Scottish Borders: A Seafood Lover’s Paradise

St Abbs Head, Scottish Borders

St Abbs Head, Scottish Borders

I think I’m single-handedly responsible for Scotland’s depleting seafood stocks… last week’s ones anyway, while I was in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders enjoying mouthwatering fresh seafood at least once a day. Did you know that the East coast of Scotland is where Spanish resorts source most of their lobster? So I found out from Dougie, our guide of sorts. Needless to say my vitamin D levels are now at a healthy high regardless of the lack of sunshine outdoors.

Cove Scottish Borders

Cove, Scottish Borders

Mum and dad were on their annual UK holiday and chose a gorgeous cottage in Spott, East Lothian as their base (owned by the aforementioned Dougie). So together we trekked along the beautiful coastal areas of Dunbar, Cove and St Abb’s Head with their rocky beaches and daunting cliff faces. The weather may not have been sunny on the day we chose to visit Cove but it didn’t make the scenery any less impressive. Personally, I think the dramatic, dark and angry-looking clouds just add to Scotland’s stunning natural scenery.

If you happen to be in the area or if you’re looking for ideas on how to spend your next weekend, I heartily recommend exploring the beaches of East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Just take the A1 and you’ll be there in a jiffy.

East Lothian seafood

Fresh seafood at The Avenue, Haddington

Make sure you stop for fish tea at Mackay’s in Eyemouth, haddock fish cakes at the Garvald Inn, mussels at The Avenue in Haddington or a bite at the Linton Hotel in East Linton. Alternatively, just pop in anywhere that promises fresh seafood!

And don’t forget to indulge in some animal spotting. The Borders and East Lothian are home to deer, sheep, bunnies, pheasants, partridges and even badgers as we found out.

– Red (P.S. Thanks for the photos, dad!)


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