Lud Castle a sandstone tower whose rocky ledges are the nest sites of countless sea birds, guillemots, black guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, gulls and cormorants.
This cave did not look very promising but...
a gloup called Gaylet Pot where the roof has collapsed.
at Cove Haven below...
the Deil's Heid. It is now above sea level but this and many caves and arches that are now dry are evidence that once the sea was higher.
truly remarkable cave with an extremely narrow exit.
Dickmont's Den, a huge geo formed by a collapsed cave system. There is a way round the back that leads to another entrance. Phil and Maurice were so taken with it they went round twice and so now we call it Phil's Pott!
Seamen's Grave geo.
The Needle's E'e is an arch which is now high and dry.
After one last cave we emerged to find the wind had got up to F4. The inshore forecast for the afternoon was F4-6 southerly.
a tidal channel at Arbroath for second luncheon. A tour boat had the same idea.
Clouds had gathered and the sea was now very lumpy with the ebb tide against the wind but Ian and I had a most enjoyable paddle back to the others who were making their way up the coast. At each headland there was a small tiderace where we experienced bumpy seas. Off the headland at Lud Castle it was particularly rough. It was a surreal situation as we paddled through rafts of guillemots and razorbills that were quite unconcerned by either our passage or the rough conditions.
We might only have done 15km but everything about this day was superlative, not least the exceptionally fine company!
For the full 3D trivision blogging experience you can read Duncan's account here:
Perfect Auchmithie: Paddling back...inside the planet.
Ice cream on deck...and a rescue operation on the North Sea.
and Ian's account here:
An Angus congregation.
Sea kayaking under the farmland of Angus.
Luncheon in a lost world.
Narrow places - exploring the geos of the Angus coast.