Cove, Berwickshire

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Cove Harbour

Cove is a village in Berwickshire, close to Cockburnspath, Dunglass, Innerwick, Oldhamstocks, Bilsdean, and, further afield, Dunbar and Eyemouth. It is about eight miles from Dunbar, which stands to the north in East Lothian.

The natural harbour was improved in 1831 by the building of a breakwater. Access is by way of an unusual tunnel which was excavated by hand, the pick marks are clear to see.

Memorial at Cove

Eleven men from Cove lost their lives in the Eyemouth disaster or the ‘East Coast Fishing Disaster’ of 1881, when the fishing fleets of the Berwickshire coast were lost in a storm. There is a memorial at the top of the cliffs.

The village has been described by The AA Guide to the British Coast as having more of a Cornish than Scottish air about it. It has no school, shops or post office, although it was knocked down to build new holiday homes. There is a shop and post office nearby in the village of Cockburnspath which also has a school. For amenities, such as a pool or a gym, you need to travel to Dunbar which is also has an ASDA supermarket.

The nearby beaches of Pease Bay (1.4 miles) and Thorntonloch (3 miles) are good for surfing.

Cove is privately owned by the architect Ben Tindall and the Cove Harbour Conservation Ltd.

The Southern Upland Way passes through Cove along the headland and the road in Cove. Nearby also is the John Muir Way which passes through Dunbar.

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