|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Cockburnspath (S) (NT785695)|
|To:||Ayton (E) (NT937613)|
|Distance:||13.2 miles (21.2 km)|
|Meets:||A1, B6355, B6438, A1|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1107 is nearly 14 miles long and provides a more scenic northern alternative to a stretch of the A1 of the same length in the Scottish county of Berwickshire. It is generally on a NW/SE alignment and rural apart from one large village and one small town.
Originally the A1 (on its current route) was the nearest road to the sea, with occasional B-roads serving the coast. By the end of the 1920s, one of these, the B1343, had been upgraded to become the eastern end of the new A1107, a road which was extended some distance to the west to rejoin the A1.
Cockburnspath – Ayton
From the north west end the A1107 leaves the A1 just south of the bypassed village of Cockburnspath, then immediately swings sharply to the left and goes backwards along an old bit of the A1 before bending right past its original terminus. After going over the ECML the road falls steeply to a narrow bridge over the Pease Burn, then climbs steadily with gentle bends for several miles before reaching a much straighter stretch on the plateau of Coldingham Moor. The bends then return until, after a final steep descent, the village of Coldingham is reached 9 miles from the start.
Coldingham has a ruined priory, a victim of Oliver Cromwell (although its remains still serve as the parish church), near which the B6438 leaves on the left for St Abbs, known mainly for the spectacular cliffs and seabirds at the nearby eponymous Head. The B6438 multiplexes briefly with our road before forking to the right at a TOTSO for Reston, while we bear left to restore the south east bearing (although we have priority through Coldingham the B6438 runs straight). From here it is only a couple of miles to Eyemouth, though not without more bends and hills.
Eyemouth is a working town with an active harbour and fishing fleet. In 1881 one of the worst imaginable disasters happened here, when a third of the fleet and 129 men were lost in an October storm, with smaller losses at other places along the coast. The event is commemorated by a display in the museum in the town centre, but the A1107 avoids this by taking a bypassing route to the south. Of interest is the junction with the B6355 to the left, this being its end after the long journey from Tranent via a scenic route over the Lammermuirs. It is the B6355 which goes through the town centre, looping out to join our road again in another mile, this time crossing it on its way to Ayton, bypassed by the A1, and ultimately Tranent.
Immediately after the crossroads is the bridge over the Eye Water (supply your own joke), then shortly comes a roundabout where a road to the left provides a direct link to the harbour by avoiding the narrow streets of the town. From here there is a dead straight stretch of a mile before the A1107 ends at a T junction on the A1. Part way along, an unclassified road to the left goes through Burnmouth then meets the A1 further east - this used to be the route of the A1107 before it was diverted to give easier lorry access to Eyemouth.