Coastal wanderings: Catterline

I injured my foot earlier this month, a grisly business involving blood-soaked socks and a tetanus jab, so I haven’t been out and about much since then. But it’s now a bit better and, although not yet up to a 10 mile walk, I managed to get out with my camera to Catterline.

All down the north-east coast of Scotland are wee villages whose communities lived by fishing. Many of them have a common pattern – a cluster of houses on the clifftop, with a harbour below in the bay. There’s hardly any fishing now. of course. Some of these villages are struggling to survive but Catterline, just south of Stonehaven, is close enough to Aberdeen to attract commuters, so seems to be doing fine. It’s traditional pub is now a seafood restaurant and it’s apparently a good place for scuba diving.

Catterline is a very photogenic place, with strange pinnacles of conglomerate rock on the beach. The weather forecast was for cloud but it was a sunny morning so I had high hopes of some good light in the bay. In fact, the forecast was right enough and shortly after I arrived, the clouds rolled in but there were enough blinks of sun for photography.

Catterline Bay
Catterline Bay. I liked the seed heads as a foreground here.

 

Cottages on the clifftop.
Cottages on the clifftop. The Creel Inn is at the end of the row, on the left

 

Conglomerate (pudding rock), where stones in sand have been glued together by pressure.
Conglomerate (pudding rock), where stones in sand have been glued together by pressure.

 

The Todhead lighthouse, to the south of Catterline
The Todhead lighthouse, to the south of Catterline

 

View to sea
Changing weather as the clouds roll in

 

Seabird rocks
Seabird rocks. I was lucky that this bird flew into the frame just as I was taking the shot

 

Just as I was leaving, there was a brief blink of sun over the fields at the top of the cliffs
Just as I was leaving, there was a brief blink of sun over the fields at the top of the cliffs

 

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