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Cockburnspath is a pretty village with attractive tile-roofed cottages in the south-east corner of the Scottish Borders. It lies near the North Sea coast at the eastern extremity of the Southern Upland Way, a long-distance footpath from the west to east coast of Scotland. It is also the end of the Sir Walter Scott Way and the Berwickshire Coastal Path, making the village popular with walkers. Cocksburnpath is also popular with surfers and watersports enthusiasts due to the nearby beaches. The area has many archeological remains which indicate it has been lived in and fought over since the Bronze Age. Cocksburnpath lies close to the old invasion route from England into Scotland.
The 16th century market cross in the heart of the village has carved emblems of a thistle on two of its faces and a rose on the other two. Dunglass Collegiate Church, maintained by Historic Scotland and open to the public, is surrounded by lawns and thick woodland. An interesting sundial stands on a mound adjacent to the ancient edifice. Dunglass is one of the top attractions in the area. Nearby Fast Castle is the ruined remains of a coastal fortress and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The castle was a fictional setting for Walter Scotts novel The Bride of Lammermuir, which in turn inspired the Donizetti opera Lucia di Lammermuir. The Lammermuir Hills form the area of high moorland running west from the village.