St Abb’s Head, St Abbs

Coronation Meadow

"Its a fantastic place to visit when the thrift and rock-rose are out. Breathtaking!"

- Liza Cole, the  National Trust for Scotland

Cradled in in a rugged landscape - formed by volcanoes 400 million years ago - lies one of the best examples of a maritime grassland in Scotland. In early summer the meadow is full of flowers: rock-rose mixes with wild thyme, attracting the rare Northern Brown Argus butterfly, who eats the former as caterpillars and drinks the latter for nectar. St Abb's Head is also a major stop-off site for migrant seabirds and thousands can be seen nesting on the cliffs hereabouts. The site is named after St. Ebba, who in 6th century, established a chapel in area.

How to get here

Off the A1107, 2 miles north of Coldingham.

Species to spot

  • Northern brown argus

    Best time to see: June - July

    A small brown butterfly with vivid orange spots. Those found in Scotland have a distinctive white spot found on the upper surface of the fore-wing. The caterpillars feed on rock-rose. Image © Velella/CC BY-SA

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