I love a surprise, don’t you?



I should have been writing yesterday, instead I went for a lovely walk at Yellowcraigs,  a beautiful sandy beach with a great view of four islands, each unique in its own little way:

Fidra – the name is supposed to come from the Old Norse and meaning lots of bird feathers (or something like that). The wonderful Robert Louis Stevenson is said to have based his map of Treasure Island on the shape of Fidra.

Lamb – this island was made famous on 11 February 2009 when Uri Geller bought it for £30,000 because he thought there was hidden  Egyptian Treasure on it – and he’s still looking.

Bass Rock and Craigleith

Bass Rock and Craigleith

Craigleith – the name comes from the Scottish Gaelic  Creag Lìte and means “rock of Leith”. I’ve no idea if there is any connection between the sturdy wee rock and my home of Leith, but I’d like to think so. The island is also famous for it’s Puffin colony – btw: did you know Puffin chicks are called pufflings?

The Bass Rock – this is famous for being host to 150,000 Gannets and is the largest single rock gannetry in the world, described famously by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the wildlife wonders of the world”. The island also used to be a prison, said to have held  King James I.

Yellowcraigs is not only a beautiful beach walk but there is also a wooded area where you can do a little bit of ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’, which we did.  In the middle of our Shinrin-yoku we came across these wee creatures …




Ha ha ha!  I love a surprise, don’t you?  It was a day well worth not writing for. Have you ever come across something unexpected like this?  Yes? I’d love to hear about it ;o)



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10 Responses to I love a surprise, don’t you?

  1. Susan Bagley says:

    This is my favourite thing about living in East Lothian- the abundance of stunning beaches. The children always vote for Yellowcraigs because of the lovely playground in the woods.
    I had always thought Treasure Island was about Bass Rock, but Googling it just now proves me wrong!

    • Yes, East Lothian is lovely and Yellowcraigs is really quite stunning with that expanse of yellow sand and beautiful view of Fidra and Craigleith etc. I always think of Robert Louis Stevenson when we go there. I imagine him, as boy, sitting on the sand, looking over that great vista, his head full of dreams of travel. On his way to Western Samoa (where he died) he actually sojourned in Kiribati on the outer island of Butaritari and i too have been to Butaritari, and I like that connection. Of course, I also love his stories 🙂

      Btw: you don’t know know who made the wee skulls – we also saw a giant dragonfly and a painted tree trunk!?

  2. Joy Claridge says:

    Lovely. Thanks Marianne. There’s something about a road to the sea …

  3. Wendy Clarke says:

    Wow! what an amazing place, Marianne. Lucky you to be living so close to such amazing scenery.

    • It really is very pretty. We love going there and it’s only half an hour away by car. In fact we are very, very spoiled in Edinburgh and surrounds, well, actually all over Scotland. If we could only have a little bit more sunshine and less rain … 😉

  4. Ruth Hunt says:

    I felt as if I was with you, Marianne! Thank you for taking me to such a beautiful place and for giving me something bigger to think about. You took my mind off the dull day I was having, so thanks again!

    • Awe, thanks, Ruth. I love “forest bathing” (as long as it’s not too dense a forest, I hate the dark) but I also love the sea and wide open vistas, so this is a great place to visit. I still haven’t found out what the wee skulls are about but it was great to discover them 🙂 Hope your day today has been a little less dull!

  5. Marc hawey says:

    When I saw your pictures,I remembered my day trip to North Berwick….
    Excuse for my English.I am back to Québec but a part of my mind is still in Scotland…

  6. Bonjour, Marc! I am so glad the photos brought back fond memories and that you enjoyed your stay here in Scotland – and North Berwick 🙂

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