ST ABBS AND EYEMOUTH, SCOT­LAND

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It’s not hard to un­der­stand why this cor­ner of east Scot­land is one of the pre­mier div­ing spots in the UK, with well over 25,000 divers vis­it­ing each year. In 1984, lo­cal fish­er­men, divers and con­ser­va­tion­ists got to­gether and de­cided to cre­ate the St Abbs and Eyemouth Vol­un­tary Ma­rine Re­serve. This was the first re­serve of its kind in the UK, and re­mains the only one in Scot­land. The re­sult is an ex­plo­sion of ma­rine life with crea­tures rarely seen in other parts of the UK. The mas­sive twin-arch struc­ture of Cathe­dral Rock is a sight to be­hold when the sun is shin­ing through and a large shoal of pol­lack me­an­ders through to en­gulf divers. Look out for bal­lan wrasse, wolf fish, an­gler­fish and the oc­ca­sional seal. Thanks in large part to the ma­rine re­serve sta­tus, St Abbs and Eyemouth is truly a spe­cial area for UK divers.

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