Hello dear Sparkfriends,
A long hike on the beach... What could be more relaxing and energizing at the same time? My guidebook had mentioned a hike starting in North Berwick (roughly 30 minutes by car East of Edinburgh), and when I saw the weather was beautiful, I knew it would be a perfect Sunday hike!
When we arrived it was lunchtime, and we ate our sandwich (ham and pickles, how British!) on the beach, about here:
And then we were off! We walked West, mostly on the beach, leaving North Berwick behind us...
... sometimes through the rocks. It was a good exercise, despite being flat!
And the weather was just perfect, sunny and not too hot.
There were many little islands, and the shore you can see in the distance is the other side of the Firth of Forth (the estuary, or firth, of Scotland's River Forth, where it flows into the North Sea).
The most well-known of these islands is probably the Bass Rock. You could just about see it in the distance on my first picture, but I have put closer views of it on the pictures above. The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit. Nowadays, the Bass Rock is home to a large colony of gannets!
(I found this picture on Wikipedia... they were way too far away for me to be able to take a picture of them!)
Then we reached the island of Fidra (which means 'feathers' island... it gives you an idea of the number of birds there!)...
Robert Louis Stevenson often visited the beaches at the nearby area known today as Yellowcraigs and it is said that he based his map of Treasure Island on the shape of Fidra. He also mentioned Fidra in his novel Catriona.
Then we turned and walked back to North Berwick!
North Berwick Law, a 613-foot (187 m) volcanic hill which rises above the town, kept us company for a good part of the walk back. Although not very tall after all, it was quite impressive!
And then we were back! The first houses of the town centre we reached were in bricks...
... but around the corner, they were in stones!
My favorite house was this one, which looked older than the other ones (maybe from the 18th century with the other ones being from the 19th? I am not sure!).
Here was how the beach looked like as we finally left it:
I love the colors of late afternoon! And long summer days! It wasn't completely the end of the day: on the way back, we decided to do a detour to have a look at Haddington, a charming little town South East of Edinburgh. It was all quiet as it was getting late, but worth the detour. We essentially drove to St Mary's Church, built 1375-1487...
... and walked to the river Tyne and the 12th century Nungate bridge.
And here end my blogs about my long weekend in Edinburgh! I have been very excited to read all your comments on my last 3 blogs, thank you so much! It was great to read that so many of you went to Edinburgh or are thinking of going soon - and it was even more special to hear from those of you who live there! What a privilege to live in such a gorgeous city.