St Abbs Lighthouse

The St Abbs lighthouse is another of the Stevenson families lighthouses and is located in the far southeast of Scotland, a short walk from the small fishing village of St Abbs. The lighthouse is the next light to lead southbound ships after the Bell Rock and Isle of May lighthouses disappear over the horizon. 

St Abbs Lighthouse

The coast around the lighthouse is owned by the National trust for Scotland and along with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the local community a marine reserve has been created for the stretch of coast around St Abbs. There is a thriving seabird community on the coast around the lighthouse and part of the success of this community is thanks to efforts to minimise human activity around the colonies. Research has shown that minimising human activity and contact around bird colonies reduces stress in the birds which results in more successful breeding and raising of chicks.  On the edge of the perilous cliffs surrounding the lighthouse I take the final recording of my journey through southeast Scotland.