Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders has a beautiful coastline with charming coastal villages and harbours. In the busy fishing port of Eyemouth,  cafés and restaurants offer fresh and tasty seafood dishes and, of course, traditional fish and chips.  From many of the local restaurants, visitors can watch crabs and  langoustines being landed by the fishermen and delivered directly to the restaurant doors. Treat yourself to fresh seafood from award-winning fishmongers on the harbourside, and smoked delicacies from traditional smokeries.  Explore the picturesque villages of St Abbs and Coldingham and further inland, where many restaurants are supplied daily from Eyemouth.

Visit our annual Kirk Square Kitchen event in Eymouth on the first Saturday in June each year.

Scottish Borders Video

Watch the Scottish Borders Seafood Film

Recipes from the Borders

History of the Borders' Fishing Industry

Links and contacts to explore

History of the Borders' Fishing Industry

Eyemouth’s Fishing History

Before the fishing disaster of 1881 Eyemouth was a very successful fishing port,but with the loss of 129 fishermen , it was many years before the fleet was able to recover. In the early years of the 20th century , Eyemouth was the first port to install an engine onto a Fishing boat, and this progressed to the building of the steam drifter. These boats were requisitioned during WW1 , and many fishermen were enlisted into the navy in WW2 . Following the war it took almost 10 years for the fleet to recover, but by the 60s, boats had bigger engines and nets, and were able to remain at sea longer. From this time to the 90s , was the boom  time in the industry and Eyemouth prospered , with fish leaving the port for markets all over the country . With the demise of the herring and the white fish, the port is now more dependent on shellfish , which is transported manly to the continent . However to this day Eyemouth continues to employ a considerable number within the industry. 

Community Food Fund

The East of Scotland Seafood project is a partnership initiative led by local authorities, business leaders and coastal communities. It is supported by the Community Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy.