Smugglers Trail sponsored walk

Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth
Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth

Berwickshire’s Smugglers Coast trail opens officially next year and a test ‘sponsored’ walk is being planned on Saturday, June 14.

The Berwickshire Coast was one of the more notorious haunts of smugglers in Scotland, much of the activity centred on Eyemouth’s Gunsgreen House, the home of John Nisbet, the “Mr Big” of the smuggling trade.

When it opens next year, the Smugglers’ Coast, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and the European Fisheries Fund, will allow you to imagine the activities of Eyemouth’s “free traders” in the places where they took place.

Before that though, Eastern Borders Inner Wheel are liaising with Derek Janes of Gunsgreen House to organise a sponsored walk in aid of Berwickshire Wheels, following the route of the Berwickshire Coastal Path, where smugglers were active over 230 years ago!

All participants should report to the car park at Gunsgreen House from where they will be taken to the start of their walk. Marshall Meadows – Eyemouth (8 miles), report at 10.30am; Burnmouth – Eyemouth (4 miles), report at 11.30am; and around Eyemouth Harbour (2 miles), report at 1pm (this section is wheelchair friendly).

All the walks will be accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the coastal path and will be able to talk about the smuggling incidents that took place. They will all end at the Hippodrome in Eyemouth where refreshments will be served.

If you would like more information about the walk or sponsor sheets, contact Linda Jopling, president of Eastern Borders Inner Wheel, on 01361 882300