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Beautiful Belhaven Bay – 5th July 2018

General Posted on Thu, July 05, 2018 15:29:45


The Bridge Over Biel Water in Belhaven Bay [ near Dunbar ]

The Biel Water is a small river running through the village of Biel to the south of Dunbar, in Scotland. It runs for 4.5 kilometers from the Luggate Burn and the Whittinghame Water, through the village and finally to Belhaven Bay. Just before it empties into the North Sea, the river – actually a small stream – flows under a short footbridge. At low tide, it’s possible to walk over the bridge, crossing the stream and onto sands that lay beyond. However, when the tide comes in, the bridge gets submerged and appears to be stranded in the middle of the sea serving no obvious purpose to surprised onlookers.

Photographing the bridge at high tide is hence a favorite activity among tourists and beach goers. Belhaven Bay itself is a beautiful beach, located within the John Muir Country Park, in one of the sunniest part of Scotland. The beach stretches from Belhaven to the north of the River Tyne. It is fringed by low, sheltering sand dunes, rich salt marsh and colourful grasslands, and is ideal for walking, having picnics and sunbathing and affords splendid views across the Forth Estuary.

Biggest Northern gannet colony in the world

The Bass Rock is home to over 150,000 gannets at the peak of the season. The gannets spend most of the year on the Bass, until the end of October when they set out on their long journey south, with many going as far as the west coast of Africa.

The lower ledges of the Bass are home to shags, guillemots and razorbills, with seals hauling up on the rocks below.

The Bass Rock was formed 320 million years ago and is the remains of one of many active volcanoes in the area. With an incredible past, it has played a key role throughout the history of Scotland – a religious retreat during early Christianity; fortress and prison in the time of the Covenanters and Jacobites; and a strategic stronghold during the times of the Scottish and English wars. Notably it has been owned by the Hamilton-Dalrymple family for the last 300 years.
See surfers in background.

Photographs Irene Higgenbotham. 2018



Beautiful East Lothian – DUNBAR – 5th July 2018

News Posted on Thu, July 05, 2018 11:41:29

Site of Dunbar’s outdoor swimming pool …….

DANGER! Cliffs.

Dunbar new harbour & Castle…..taken from new indoor swimming pool


AN EIGHT-foot-tall sandstone statue honouring Dunbar’s fishing heritage has been created near the town’s harbour.

Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group has lodged plans for a monument called The Creel Loaders to be created on a small triangle of land at the junction of Victoria Street and Castle Gate.

At the height of the herring trade, women carried fish for sale from Dunbar to Lauder in wicker creels on their backs.

At that time, it was common for two people to help the creel into position.
Beautiful artwork on house railings near harbour.

Lobster pots / creels at harbour. Old harbour

Dunbar church and houses……..


The Fishermen’s Monument is a Grade B listed structure which stands in the south corner of Dunbar Old Harbour. The monument was erected in 1856 by local benefactor, William Brodie of Seafield. It was dedicated to the fishermen of Dunbar and also housed a useful weather forecasting mercury barometer which was installed by Adie and Sons of Edinburgh.
The Fisherman’s Monument was restored in 1998 under the umbrella of the Dunbar Initiative Project. Michelle De Bruin was commissioned to re-carve the main decorative panels including the A H Ritchie marble relief (not plaster, as it was commonly perceived), and local building contractor John Smith and Son carried out general repairs to the monument.

In 2012 the Dunbar Shore & Harbour Neighbourhood Group raised funds which were kindly donated by Viridor Credits and East Lothian Council which, together with private donations, allowed Graciella Ainsworth to restore damaged stonework and repaint the monument. The lime wash now needs to be refreshed regularly to keep the monument in good condition and the current use of lime wash will allow the stone to breathe and will prevent further deterioration.

I hope you have enjoyed my walk around Dunbar Harbours……… 5th July 2018

Photographs – Irene Higgenbotham