No visit to St Abbs is complete without experiencing the coastline from the sea. Join Paul or Graeme on Riptide for a fastblast or a leisurely cruise for dolphin and bird-watching along one of East Scotland's most beautiful coastlines.
Good news! Riptide is back in the water for the summer season.
Give us a call, keep track of us on facebook or twitter to check dates and times, or use the contact form to get in touch.
USUAL DAILY SAILING TIMES
Hourly from lunchtime:
Early evening - on gorgeous days we may run later trips so give us a call.
Times depend on weather and demand
We can cater for all sorts of bespoke trips for bird watchers, geologists or those wanting to spoil their loved ones with a special gift. The boat can be chartered for £240 per hour. Just contact us to discuss.
Sit back and relax as we cruise at a leisurely pace up the coastline exploring its nooks and crannies. We can open her up a little bit if everyone is happy to experience the wind in the hair.
Children 14 and under £20
The trip is suitable for children at the parent's discretion.
The boat is a 10m Humber rib. Humbers provide the driest, safest and most stable ride of any comparable craft. Skippers Paul and Graeme were born and brought up in St Abbs and are both skippers of St Abbs lifeboat. They know the coast and its waters like the back of their hands.
Formed by active volcanoes, St Abb's Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coastline. The sheer cliffs, offshore stacks and narrow gullies provide outstanding scenic beauty and an incredible habitat for wildlife.
Here Guillemots crowd tightly together on the broad ledges and sides of offshore stacks, especially in the area north of the lighthouse. Razorbills cluster in single pairs or small groups. Puffins use crevices in the cliff face to lay a single egg out of sight. Kittiwakes build grass and mud nests on the cliff faces whilst Fulmars nest higher up on grassy ledges or in crevices.
In the water, dolphins and seals patrol the coast and divers take the leap of faith off the back of their dive boats
The cliffs themselves tell stories in stone. With some as old as 450 million years, they lie along the St Abb's Head fault and tell us tales of when a wide ocean separated Scotland and England.
Experience St Abbs as you have never seen it before. Feel the peace and serenity of the waters along the coastline. View the lighthouse as sailors have viewed it since 1862. Get up close and personal with the North Sea's abundant wildlife. Watch for divers bubbles as they descend beneath the waves. Your Riptide rib ride will be an experience never to forget.
Rock House, St Abbs Harbour
TD14 5PW. The rides leave from St Abbs Harbour
Tel: 07823 449100 or 01890 771945
If your trip is for today please ring 07823 449100 or 01890 771945. Otherwise please contact us using the form below to make a booking enquiry about a trip. We will contact you with expected sailing times. Everything is, of course, dependent upon the weather and the size of the waves!