Discover Marine Wonders: Boat Trips in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland

Nestled in the tranquil heart of the Scottish Borders, Coldstream Holiday Park offers a perfect base for many great excursions, including exploring the stunning maritime landscapes of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Less than an hour’s drive from this serene retreat, are some breathtaking boat trips await, promising unforgettable encounters with some of the region’s most captivating wildlife and scenery. From the mystical Farne Islands to the scenic Berwick Estuary, and the vibrant marine life around St Abbs and Eyemouth, adventure beckons on the water.

The Farne Islands: A Haven for Puffins and Seals

A trip to the Farne Islands is like stepping into a wildlife documentary. Located just off the Northumberland coast, this group of islands is renowned for its extraordinary birdlife, particularly the charismatic puffins. During the breeding season, from April to July, the islands are a bustling hub of activity as thousands of puffins return to nest. Visitors can observe these endearing birds, their colourful beaks and comical waddles, a special and rewarding experience for all ages.

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But the Farne Islands are not just about birds. They are also home to one of the largest grey seal colonies in the UK. Seal pups are born in the autumn months, and seeing these adorable creatures frolic in the surf or bask on the rocks is a highlight of any boat trip. From Seahouses several local operators offer a range tours around the islands with prices starting from around £20 per person. The tours provide informative commentary to help you get the most out of your trip and ensure a safe and respectful distance from the wildlife.

Find out more about the Farne Islands here, including how to get there, advice on what to wear and loads of other great information – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/farne-islands

Recommended local tour operators:

Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours – Email: info@farneislandstours.co.uk Tel: 01665 721667

Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips – Email: info@farne-islands.com Tel: 01665 720 308

The Berwick Estuary: A Gateway to the Sea

The Berwick Estuary, where the River Tweed meets the North Sea, is another spectacular destination for a boat trip. The estuary’s diverse habitats support a wide range of wildlife, making it a hotspot for nature enthusiasts. Seals are a common sight here, often seen lounging on sandbanks or popping their heads up to observe passing boats.

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The estuary is also a feeding ground for various seabirds. Dolphin sightings have become increasingly common in recent years, much to the delight of visitors and locals alike and if you’re lucky, you might spot whales breaching the surface. The picturesque town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its historic bridges and fortifications, adds a touch of charm to the adventure.

Recommended local tour operators:

Berwick Boat Tours offer a range of outings from the harbour including Estuary and River trips. – Email: david@berwickboattrips.co.uk Tel: tel:07713170845

Active4seasons also offer some great Sea Kayaking experiences for this looking for a more physical thrill. – Email: ollie@active4seasons.co.uk Tel: 07941 450064

St Abbs and Eyemouth: Diving into Marine Riches

The quaint fishing villages of St Abbs and Eyemouth are gateways to some of the best marine experiences in the region. St Abbs, with its rugged coastline and clear waters, is a diver’s paradise. The Berwickshire Voluntary Marine Reserve is teeming with marine life, including colourful fish, crustaceans, and anemones. You could even learn to Dive, a diving trip offers a unique perspective of this underwater world.

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Above water, boat trips from Eyemouth provide opportunities to see seabirds and marine mammals. Kittiwakes, guillemots, and razorbills can be seen nesting on the cliffs, while seals often approach boats curiously. On occasion, dolphins and even minke whales have been spotted, thrilling passengers with their graceful presence.

Recommended local tour operators:

Eyemouth Rib Trips – Email: admin@eyemouthribtrips.co.uk Tel: 07941 441995

St Abb Charters – Email: info@stabbscharters.com Tel: 07802 864870

 

Why Choose Coldstream Holiday Park?

Situated amidst picturesque countryside, Coldstream Holiday Park offers a peaceful retreat with modern amenities and a range of cozy accommodations. Its central location makes it an ideal base for exploring both the coastline and the rolling hills of the Borders and Northumberland.

There’s some thing for guests off all ages, whether you’re away with the family, looking after the grand children or just looking for a get away with someone special.

 

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