Open to general traffic, subject to normal motorway restrictionsRoad User Guide
The EAST Footpath/Cycleway is closed due to essential Maintenance, please use the WEST Footpath/Cycleway.Access Restrictions
From this spot, you can almost touch the Forth Bridge towers and hear the trains rumbling overhead.
Look across the road to see the historic Hawes Inn. A late 17th century coaching inn, it has several literary connections. Sir Walter Scott used the Hawes Inn as a location in his novel The Antiquary and it is said that Robert Louis Stevenson was staying in room 13 when he came up with the idea for ‘Kidnapped’. Hawes Inn features as the place where the kidnapping of the hero, David Balfour, was arranged.
Several boat trips depart from Hawes Pier. You can take a cruise under the bridges or a trip to the historic Inchcolm Island. Alight to explore the 12th century abbey, wartime fortifications and beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for seals lazing on the rocks and buoys, and if you don’t see one, take a look at the little seal statue at the head of the pier.
The RNLI Lifeboat Station is based on the pier. Established in 1967, a new station was built in 2012 to give direct access to the Hawes Pier slip. The crews have been presented with three awards for gallantry. Station visits are welcome by prior appointment and the gift shop is usually open.
You can also use ///what3words to guide you to the trail signs. The ///what3words reference is given on each trail stop page.