Photographs of shoredive entry points at St. Abbs and Eyemouth.

Updated 2-2-2003

Contact: Dave Cordes.

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View from the road leading down to the harbour.
The usual entry point is at the junction of the harbour walls - above the right side of the white house in the centre of the picture. A sea mist is threatening on the horizon - a common occurrence on this coast.

NE over harbour

NW over harbour

Viewed from the East of the village towards Maw Carr (Seagull Rock).
Note that the sea mist is now rolling in over the headland. Small boat users should be wary of this at all times.

View of the junction of harbour walls.
This is the usual entry point, at high water it's an easy clamber down the rocks, however at low water, kelp hinders access.

Normal entry point

Busy day

A similar viewpoint to above but on a fine summer day, giving some idea of the popularity of this site.
On days like this, finding a parking space can be a problem - unless you arrive early.

Viewed from the East harbour wall towards Maw Carr (Seagull Rock).

W towards Maw Carr


Hairy Ness

Looking north across Little Leeds bay to Hairy Ness Point.
This is a sheltered, shallow site - ideal for training drills. Shame about the climb back up the cliff - there are no steps to make life easy as in Weasel Loch - but the climb is guaranteed to warm you up after a chilly dive!

View across Weasel Loch, the steps, added several years go make the descent much safer, unfortunately, gravity still takes it's toll on the ascent although the thoughtfull provision of seats at some of the turns are a welcome addition. Nevertheless, the climb is certain to weed out the unfit.

The steps

Weasel Loch

The Loch from the top of the steps. The easiest access to the water is from the small gully at the bottom left of the frame. Usually there's only room for one or at most, two buddy-pairs at a time.

If the entry point in the Loch is congested, walking 100m west from the top of the steps brings you to an area where it's possible to clamber down the rocks and jump into water of about five metres depth - but be warned - there's no easy exit until you reach the Loch, so make sure you take everything with you!

Alternative entry area

North Face

The dramatic sheer wall just 40m east of the mouth of the Loch. Excellent diving can be had in this area, this heavily undercut face is often the home of wolfish and conger. Conger Reef which is not visible from the surface, starts just north of this feature (out of frame to the left).
Be wary of anglers, they don't respect the voluntary conservation area and as a result, hooks and lines are a hazard here.

Greenends Gulley, on the south side of the River Eye should, now that the harbour construction work has ceased, once again provide good, shallow diving. Access by the signposted road to the 'New Harbour'.

Greenends Gully

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