Edinburgh to St Abbs: How to Plan Your Perfect Day Trip

Edinburgh to St Abbs New Asgard sign

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Attention Avengers fans! Did you know that they filmed scenes for Avengers: Endgame in a wee fishing village in Scotland, called St Abbs?

Myself and the Scotsman decided to go on an adventure to visit New Asgard (aka St Abbs) where they filmed the hilarious Thor scene (if you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about!).

A day trip to St Abbs Scotland from Edinburgh

St Abbs was the filming location for Thor's 'New Asgard' for the movie Avengers: Endgame

They’ve even made a sign when you drive into the fishing village that reads ‘New Asgard’- just brilliant!

St Abbs makes for a great day trip from Edinburgh. It’s only a 1 hour drive, and you’ll get to see some of Scotland’s stunning coast!

We drove in a loop- from Livingston (just outside of Edinburgh) to St Abbs, and then back via Dunbar and North Berwick.

Read: The Best Things to do in Edinburgh


 Read: My tips for travelling Scotland on a budget


Read: Itinerary for One Day in St Andrews


St Abbs Scotland

To break up the drive, we explored Cove Harbour. To reach it, you have to walk through a hand-hewn tunnel (which was once believed to have been used by smugglers). At low tide you can explore an awesome little cave and the pier! More info on this walk here.

Cove harbour cave

We stopped at The Old Clubhouse for lunch and had the best fish and chips I’ve tasted in Scotland so far (go there- you’ll have zero regrets!).

Read: The other castle in Edinburgh you need to visit


Read: You can walk to this Edinburgh Island


Fish and chips at the Old Clubhouse in Gullane

Seriously- the best fish and chips in Scotland!

So overall, I had a great weekend discovering this hidden gem just outside of Edinburgh.

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Hello, I’m Yvette! I’m originally from New Zealand, I now call Scotland home. I left New Zealand three years ago to go on an adventure around the world. I help people to go on their own adventures, whether it’s travelling to a new country, hiking or outdoor activities.



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