We say ‘goodbye’ (for now) to Scotland and ‘hello’ Berwick upon Tweed…..

A lovely sunny day but with a bit of a chilly wind blowing. We packed up and were on our way just before 12 (we can’t get in the new site until 1, so an early getaway would be pointless) and made the 40 mile journey without a hitch. Passing a flag marked lay-by on either side of the road (which we will revisit to take photographic evidence) where after 5 months we crossed the border from Scotland back into England. After a bit of a scramble at the site entrance, as about 8 of us all arrived at once, we were soon pitched with a rather nice sea view.View from the window….After a cup of tea, we wandered down to the sea front and took a walk along Spittal Promenade and the long sandy beach.There were a few people about, but not many brave enough to sit on the beach, as the wind is blowing straight along the beach and quite chilly! Still we found a slightly sheltered and quiet spot at the far end for Poppydog to have a well deserved play.After a while the wind got the better of us and we set off back along the beach to site.

Seacliff Bay – the best til last?…..

After a showery and breezy night, there followed a showery and breezy day! It appears Autumn is here! Today we parked up in a lay-by just beyond Tantallon Castle (parking down at the beach is £3) and walked the mile or so down the lane to the beach with a pretty good view of the castle and Bass Rock.And wow! Our first glimpse did not disappoint.

Can you believe the whole beach was absolutely empty? Hardly a footstep in sight – this really is a beautiful beach.

A little old lighthouse on some rocks offshore just adds to the seascape and Poppydog is as free as a bird.

Look at Bass Rock – it’s a bit like Ailsa Craig was to us on the west coast – an important part of the seascape.

Tantallon Castle presenting a dramatically rugged skyline.

From the west end of the beach we clambered over the rocks for a bit to get a closer look at Tantallon Castle.

At the east end of the beach a thin strip of soft sand continued on around the corner, as did we.

As we reached the end of the sand and the rocks made it impossible to go on any further we turned about and…..

Oh yes a right proper Scottish shower was coming our way – was there anywhere to hide? No!

Aah well there are worse places to get a soaking and at least with the wind that has whipped up the shower soon passed us by and the wind dryed us out fairly quickly! The beauty of nature.

On the way back up to the car we found St Baldred’s Cave – mmm that would gave been handy half an hour ago!

An absolutely stunning beach and a lovely 4 mile walk.

Two thoughts of the day:

This is one of the last beaches we shall see in Scotland this time around – have we saved the best til last?

At least on the coast you can invariably see the weather coming, can’t necessarily do anything about it but se la vie!

A walk along Longniddry Bents…..

A rather cloudy and very windy day today. As we needed to pop into a retail park in Edinburgh later, we decided to take a look at Longniddry Bents. Now the tides are a little against us at the moment and were fairly fully in but as we got down to the beach, we were pleased to find a long strip of soft sand.

The wind was blowing straight down the beach and was pretty fierce not that it stopped Poppydog from dashing into the waves.

At the end of the beach we were separated from Seton Sands by a stream crossing the beach.

Poppydog is quite fascinated with rolling around and hiding in the marram grass.

In the meantime the sky and sea is looking pretty angry, perhaps it is time for us to head back.

Two thoughts of the day:

A new phone and a new Dyson- guess which one I will be playing with first!

Uploading photos for this blog is a bit of a chore at the moment as the signal strength is almost non existent at this site.

Enjoying a few days off in this glorious weather…..

Sunday dawned (well around 8.30 ish!) with a swirly mist, one minute we were if gorgeous sunshine and the next shrouded in mist – quite bizarre, though nice and warm. As we ventured down to the main beach, Broad Sands, the beach was busy but all swirly in mist.

As we walked a bit further along to ‘Our beach – Eyebroughy’ it was clearing nicely and a stunning afternoon on this deserted beach was our destination.

The sea is on its way out and beautifully clear and flat calm – perfect for playing in the shallows and on the empty firm sand.

Monday was a perfect day, hot and sunny and a little quieter as it is not a Bank Holiday here in Scotland and all the local children are back at school.

It came as no surprise to find our beach empty, though only probably a mile or so along the footpath from the main car park this seems to be enough to deter most.

This beach is such a find, absolutely beautiful – I am hard pushed to think of a nicer one – especially as we always seem to get it to ourselves!

A good day for a bit of a paddle.

Now if only I could find away to persuade Poppydog to lie in the shade and relax!

Still with 3 tennis balls and the thrower, I can almost manage the odd sit down in the sun!

Tuesday – yet another glorious day, so we headed straight along to ‘our’ beach and enjoyed another peaceful afternoon in the sun, even venturing out for a bit of a dip (not an actual swim but a good dunk!) a couple of times.

We really are having a bit of a holiday within a huge holiday – what a fabulous place we have found!

Fidra Island looking rather splendid.

Broad Sands looking much quieter and absolutely stunning with Bass Rock (on the right) and Craigleith Islands in the background.

Two thoughts of the day:

Thank you to the lovely person who found the dog bowl I dropped on my way down to the beach and had the foresight to place it on a post in full view.

Thank you to everyone else for walking by and leaving it there for me to find some four hours later!

From Prestonpans to Seton Sands…

A strange day today, the breeze had dropped some, it was warm and though it looked grey it was actually mostly sunny – very nice and pleasant for walking in. We parked up on the far side of Prestonpans and walked along the John Muir Way along the shore from Morrison’s Haven.

We wandered along the shore side of Prestonpans on an old concrete walkway (a bit worn and seaweed covered in places) with a mix of rocks and sandy patches.

Prestonpans main beach is a stony foreshore and at low tide a large area of rocky outcrops and rock pools.

A bit further along and we arrive at another mostly stony beach as we reach the combined villages of Cockenzie and Port Seton.

Cockenzie Harbour with lighter craft.

The original natural harbour of Cockenzie now a pretty little stony, very sheltered beach and at high tide probably a great place for a swim.

And Port Seton with it’s large commercial trawlers.

Beyond Port Seton we arrive at Seton Sands a long beach with gradually more and more sand in amongst the rocks.

Not the most picturesque walk we have made and the beaches are certainly not up to the beauty of East Aberlady and beyond! But an enjoyable 7.5 mile walk.

Two thoughts of the day:

I am feeling rather proud, as my son has just qualified as an Accountant!

Are we in for a lovely weekend?