A wet dash to Skateraw….

Well we may have got away with it yesterday but made up for it today! So just a dash down to Skateraw beach, which I correctly assumed would be empty.

And a game of ball as we sploshed around in the shallows and the driving rain for an hour.

Then back to the van to dry off! Happy summer holidays!

As North Berwick appeared through the mist….

Well we were forecast wall to wall rain today but after a wet night we were left with a dry but misty damp day until the sun appeared early afternoon. Though the heavens did open again in the evening, which didn’t bother us (though I had to turn the telly up loud!). The weather looked more promising northwards so we headed off in that direction, actually a bit further than planned and we arrived in a mist shrouded North Berwick. We ended up parking by the Law a volcanic plug (conical hill to you or I) just on the outskirts, as our visit had coincided with their Highland Games so everywhere was rather busy. Absolutely no point in climbing the Law as it was covered in mist, though on a clear day I should imagine (and hopefully we will discover) would be amazing. We wandered down through the town to the busy harbour.

Either side of the harbour our two fabulous sandy beaches – West Beach…

And East Beach or Milsey Bay with a large sea paddling pool….

A couple of sculptures at the harbour caught my attention The Arctic Tern, making the entrance to the Seabird Centre..

And the ‘Watcher’ keeping a close eye on all the birds attracted to Bass Rock – still shrouded in mist….

As we walked along Milsey Bay, the mist gradually lifted and we found a quiet spot by a stream at the far end for a play.

How strange that the sea mist lingers around the bottom of Craigleith Island making it appear to be floating…We wandered back towards the town along the coast road.

Passing the Highland Games, though we didn’t venture in as the piping was not to Poppydog’s taste, just stopping for a few moments to watch some kilted giants throw a sack of something over a 15’6 bar but not quite make it over 16′.

Back at the car park we had our first proper look at The Law…

A lovely 5 mile walk and sneak preview of some of the fabulous beaches awaiting us on the next stage of our journey.

Two thoughts of the day:

How magical? Bass Rock still hanging onto a skirt of mist…

We’ve been a little lucky with the weather today!

Grabbing a brief dry spell on Whitesands Beach….

Can you believe the change in weather? Yesterday a beautiful summers day, today a wet and wild autumn day! We had to wait until about half two for the rain to eventually ease and as it didn’t look like it was going to stay dry for long, we just popped down the road to the beach.

Not surprisingly we had the beach to ourselves, so armed with the thrower and a couple of balls I made sure Poppydog had a good runabout whilst I just ambled along. After an hour or so, the sky suddenly cleared and out popped the sun.

And we have our beautiful white beach back again.

It stayed fine for a few more hours and then sure enough the heavens opened again but by this time we were back on site and cosied down in the van!

Two thoughts of the day:

Looks like we are in for a tumultuous couple of days but at least we are not forecast any high winds!

Cherry tomatoes are not as nice as plum tomatoes, in my opinion.

A sunny walk from Dunbar…

After a pretty horrid day yesterday we awoke to a lovely sunny day – sunny and warm. To make the most of the day we ventured into Dunbar, parking near the harbour with the ruins of the castle at it’s head.

We also wandered into the ruins of Dunbar Battery which lies above the harbour.

Taking a look at the ‘Sea Cubes’ sculpture and the stunning sea views beyond the walls.

From here we followed the John Muir Trail along the dramatic sandstone cliffs northwards.

We dropped down onto the beaches which were mostly stony for a bit of a play on our way and popped through this archway leading onto a large recreation area to enjoy the view.

I was completely captivated by this stunning landscape – the dramatic red of the sandstone against the calm blue seas and skies.

As the path followed the edge of Winterfield Golf Club we were able to find a deserted stretch of sand and stone beach for Poppydog to have a proper play and for me to enjoy the sunshine, solitude and soak up the amazing views.

There were some amazing rock pools for Poppydog to skitter through as we made our way along the beach and around the corner to the sandy inlet of Belhaven Bay.

Here Poppydog had to go back on the lead as there were quite a few people about but got to enjoy a refreshing dip and drink in the stream that divides the bay.

There is a random bridge across the stream which I imagine looks quite odd when the tide is in.

We didn’t venture over as we are saving this for another day and instead headed back to town, capturing these beauties on the way…

At the other side of town (heading south towards the site) we visited East Beach with its strip of soft sand at the top and many rock pools before heading back to site.

A stunning day and beautiful 6 mile round trip.

Two thoughts of the day:

Doesn’t the sandstone make for a dramatic shoreline?

How can we have such a stunning day today and then have rain forecast all day for tomorrow?

Dodging the showers at Barn Ness Beach….

After a dry night is started raining first thing (yes a soggy dog walk for us) and carried on raining until about 2pm at which point we made a dash for it. Deciding to stay local and seize the moment we just popped down the lane passed Whitesands where a few families were also making the most of the dry spell…

And on to Barn Ness Beach, which we suspected would be empty…

Indeed it was, so we spent a happy and dry hour or so enjoying the beach and the warmth (surprisingly so).

Excellent choice and timing as sure enough shortly after arriving back on site, the heavens opened again!

Two thoughts of the day:

There are some soggy looking campers around.

Keeping Faith is on now – so over and out!