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Lunan Bay

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At this time of year, you have to grab any opportunity to take nourishment for your soul! Today the sun is at best ‘watery’. The garden is far too wet and frozen over to work in. When it’s like this, I like to head for the beach. The beach does it for me in any weather wet and windy!

About 25 minutes in the car, north of Arbroath and just south of Montrose, lies Lunan Bay. One of scotland’s best kept secrets. This beach has to be one of the best in the UK. It certainly ‘floats my boat’!

So, today we headed off, Molly and me, with the camera. We arrived in the car park at about 10.30am, and this is what you see from there….


The beach is backed by some stunning dunes with pine trees, and behind that is the river…Lunan Water and the gently rolling hills of Angus. This beach has it all….

“Oh, for goodness sake, COME ON! how come humans have such long legs and yet they are soooo slow

A short scramble later…..

So here is the beach looking North toward Montrose. In the distance are the cliffs and caves, and at the end of the bay, Bodden Point.

The beach stretches for two miles, and about two thirds of the way down, toward the south, the river…Lunan Water…enters the sea and cuts the bay in two. You can only get across at low tide with wellies! Above the river stands ‘Red Castle’, a ruin dating from the 1100s. The keep dates from 1300s.

Just a few thistle seed heads for you, and some moss!

Beach looking Southwards towards Arbroath

Cottage for sale…offers over £259k yes, I looked it up, wouldn’t you?

At this point we go on to the beach and Molly looks for a suitable stick. Of course, Molly is a Jack Russell Terrier who thinks she is a German Shepherd…so this is her idea of a suitable stick..yes, it’s actually a PLANK!

Undeterred, the daft deluded dog spends the next 45 minutes dragging the plank all over the beach…which is fine as it leaves me free to take pictures and also makes me laugh!

The North End Caves. I’ve been in them on a sunny day and they are amazing….different colours of granite in there…I’ll take you one day!

Driftwood on the Dunes

Red Castle and Lunan Water

Molly now attempting to take the plank across the river!

This area is a haven for pebble and semi-precious stone collectors. The pebbles here are lovely..but I don’t know what I’m looking for so I leave them….

Reedbeds on the river banks. We often see swans here, but not today :( sorry!

Lunan Water merging with the North Sea…

Looking North again

“What?…What?…Don’t fret…you know if I fall over here I’m only going to roll, bounce and jump back up again”….and she did!

Where you see the posts in the beach is where they put up tall nets to catch the Salmon as the tide recedes. They’re not up today though…

Toward the hamlet of Lunan

Ethie Haven

A snail shell and a leaf

Sometimes, when I use the zoom I don’t know what I’ve got until I get home, so I was thrilled to see I’d captured this little waterfall from a distance!

Heading back to the car now…and it’s getting colder again….brrrrr….

I bet the young one is saying “oh pleeeeeease let me have a coat….pleeeease, that’s not fair!”

For sunnier pics, info etc. see….http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/montrose/lunanbay/index.html

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oh how lovely, and you can just pop along there anytime. that is a beautiful place ~ it seems to have everything! i would love to be there, those pebbles sound a bit intriguing ~ i used to have a pebble polisher ~ they look beautiful when they come out.

8 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks Sticki. My friend Doris, sadly now deceased, was a polisher and setter of stones. It's something I would like to learn one fine day! I still have a lot of here stones. She gave them to Callum when he was in a 'geology phase'!

8 Feb, 2011

 

What a fantastic place. I will buy you that cottage when I win the Lottery next year! lol. But only if I can have lodgings - lol.

8 Feb, 2011

 

Mmmm....kind of you to offer Mum, but I'm not sure about the cottage. It's in a dip and I'm worried that it won't get any sun at all in winter because the dunes will be too tall and block it out. And also, the river is very close, so it probably floods and has damp. I think I can do better, especially for that price!

8 Feb, 2011

 

Yes I am sure you could, it does seem a tad over the top, I thought places in Scotland were cheaper, I can remember seeing a Move to the Country programme and there was a house on a slope on the banks of Loch Lomond that was absolutely stunning and I would have bought that immediately if I had had enough money. Cannot remember now quite how much it was but it was to die for.

8 Feb, 2011

 

Yes, well that's what you want, somewhere with a view!

8 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks Karen, I feel as though I`ve had a day out, it must be grand having a beautiful area like that to enjoy, mind you I`d have encouraged Molly to play with the driftwood and take it home with her, costs a fortune these days..
Lovely photo`s...

8 Feb, 2011

 

Lincslass, I did bring a piece of driftwood home. I left it on the windowsill and the bloomin dog nicked it! However, I rescued it just in time! There's a pic of it on my photos! Glad you enjoyed my blog.

8 Feb, 2011

 

A lovely walk with you and Molly,Karen.You are very lucky to live near such a peaceful beach,and the sea.I love driftwood,but midway between East and West coasts now..a bit too far to go for some..Lol.Glad you had a nice day out together.:o)

8 Feb, 2011

 

Yes, thanks Bloomer. I hear that nowhere is more than 70miles from the sea in the UK, but 70 miles is too far to go for an hour and a half isn't it! Still, you're in Yorkshire!! What more could you wish for!

8 Feb, 2011

 

lovely beach and sand dunes karen, we have lovely dunes here to south blackpool to st annes with a vast stretch of beach as the tide doesnt reach the dunes unlike the town/blackpool where it comes over the walls, well did untill they started the new proms, much better, but like you i can walk the beach whatever the weather its so refreshing, makes you feel alive, made me giggle molly and the plank lol :o))

8 Feb, 2011

 

She was so funny San!

8 Feb, 2011

 

Oh that was a lovely walk with you and Molly ... she appears to have boundless energy! Those reed beds are a sight to behold ... just gorgeous ... so nice to see a sandy beach instead of the stony ones around here! Glad you enjoyed the time outdoors! : o ))

8 Feb, 2011

 

they love to show off karen, miss having a dog, im off now my neck playing up with being on to long, so rest and a movie now, nite all :o) x

8 Feb, 2011

 

loved the walk, it looks so peaceful. We live a shot drive from the sea at Lyme Regis. Lyme is such a tourist magnet trough, that in the summer it gets packed.

8 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks for that superb walk Karen, I feel as though I've been there. Very well presented blog.
ps Molly is so funny.

8 Feb, 2011

 

That is my kind of place. Love it !

8 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks everyone, so glad you liked it. Yes, Shirley, her energy knows no bounds. It actually takes a five mile walk to tire her at all, and she has done 8 miles no problem at all, without a drink or anything....she keeps me fit thats for sure! Teds, I've never been to your part of the world except to get the ferry from Portsmouth once. I would like to see it, but it's so far and yes, so busy in the summer. Nice warm days though.....lovely!

8 Feb, 2011

 

Lovely blog Karen, beautiful pictures and Molly is lovely :)) Thank you for sharing :))))

8 Feb, 2011

 

Wow Karen!- That is the most beautiful place, and I can tell you never take it all for granted.
Are you a holiday rep by any chance ? Cos you certainly sold it for me !!
Molly is gorgeous.She is one lucky dog.... all that space to run and play, and someone to take her on good long walks. .

9 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks Michaella and Judy, you are kind. I was brought up in N.Lincs, miles from the sea and hills, so no, I don't take it for granted, and I'm the kind that likes to be outdoors with nature. So glad you enjoyed the blog!:)) Molly goes in to raptures when we go to the beach, she just loves it!

9 Feb, 2011

 

Late again..sorry
Lovely pics Karen, it all looks so peaceful :o))

9 Feb, 2011

 

ha ha! thanks! :) not very late, it was only yesterday! ;)

9 Feb, 2011

 

I've had to do real work at work.....boreing

9 Feb, 2011

 

Oh, that's such a shame Annie, cos usually you just get to spend all day on here! ;) I'm going to have an early night tonight. I'm sitting in bed in my pjs as I write. Hardly slept at all last night, which is really not like me at all as I am usually like a corpse! Anyway, I was shivering and sweating half the night, so now I'm really tired...but no cold or sore anything.....weird!

9 Feb, 2011

 

Now I've just spilled red wine on my bed covers! lol x

9 Feb, 2011

 

It's a most beautiful area...and your photos are a wonderful tonic on this grey day :) There is a special magic at the seashore and I so enjoyed your "tour." Molly sure picked a largish plank to play with; I found that quite amusing. lol

Hope you managed to sort out the spilled wine, Karen.

11 Feb, 2011

 

Spilled wine is still on sheets Wlass...tut tut me!! Let's face it, the stain is going nowhere, so what's the point! Red wine has to be the worst stain...well, no, that would be beetroot wouldn't it! lol

11 Feb, 2011

 

Nothing better than to walk along a deserted beach, absolutely beautiful loved it.....thanks.

11 Feb, 2011

 

You're welcome DD!

11 Feb, 2011

 

what a great place Karen..i do love the beach in winter...Ethie haven looks amazing...oh how id love to stay there.....the dunes on the aproach make it look like your on my beach...thank you soo much for the visit..:-)

17 Feb, 2011

 

Yes Sandra, we both live in places where it's easy to find peace and quiet! Bliss! I'm not so sure I'd like to live at Ethie Haven. I think they only very recently got electricity there!

17 Feb, 2011

 

I've been to Lunan Bay about 3 maybe 4 times, it's lovely, but I only ever visited the caves once, I wasn't to keen to do it again for some reason.

19 Feb, 2011

 

Maybe caves just aren't your thing helenium! I can understand that, they are quite dark!

20 Feb, 2011

 

They sure are! With Molly's help.. Do you think you could drag that huge peice of driftwood up the M90 for me please? LOL!!!

20 Feb, 2011

 

She would probably try!! lol x

20 Feb, 2011

 

My Missus and me are taking our wee boy up today to hunt for buried treasure as he thinks hes a pirate!!thanks for the informative pics to help me find my way about.......now wheres that treasure chest!!

11 Apr, 2012

 

Have a wonderful time Andy!!

11 Apr, 2012

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