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Eyemouth Fishmarket
Eyemouth Fishmarket
Early rises may not be to everyone's tastes, but for those in the Borders, an early morning trip to Eyemouth can bring views of an event all too rare in Scotland today - the fish market.

Fishing has always been an important part of the local economy, from the Middle Ages the town has been noted for its harbour and fishing fleet. However, the sea has not always been a kind mistress, with the 1881 disaster claiming a heavy toll on the town's fishing community.

Eyemouth Harbour
Eyemouth Harbour

The effects of the disaster proved a catalyst for change however, and the upshot was a rebuilt harbour which forms the basis of what can be seen today. The fishmarket stands on the north side of the harbour, and has been recently refurbished. There is also a viewing deck over the harbour, allowing the public a great view of the goings on in the busy port.

Eyemouth harbour today is the country's second largest inshore fishing port, and has over 60 vessels sailing out of her, although, as a mark of respect for those who dies in 1881, they never sail on a Friday. Every July the town celebrates its fishing connections with the Herring Queen ceremony,a tradition now over 60 years old, with the fleet escorting the newly crowned Queen from St Abbs to Eyemouth.

Directions: Cross back over the walkway and walk down the side of the harbour towards the sea, where you will come to the fishmarket buildings.

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