The two tall beacons that can be just made out in the centre and the other to the right of the photo are known as the ‘old law beacons’ and are individually known as Guile Point Heugh Hill. They are said to have been built between 1820 and 1840 and were designed for navigational purposes for vessels entering the harbour. In 1993 one of the beacons was given a light so as to act as a lighthouse.
After walking around the quaint little village we headed to the shore, curiously drawn by the humorous moaning of the grey seals that were laid out on an exposed sandy stretch between the island and the mainland. Again, they were too far away for me to catch on camera.
The shore is made up of a large mussel bed which was truly impressive. The ground is literally covered with live a dead mussels bound to the sand and mud with their sticky ‘beard’ (that stringy bit you remove before cooking them). My friend Sara who I was with is a marine ecologist and said it was the biggest bed she had seen and that many mussel beds are lost due to dredging and other fishing gear.
The views across the shore were shaed of grays and blues yon closer inspection the beach was covered in beautiful patterns and stunning natural colours such as this vibrant seaweed.
This must be the remains of a wooden post that has been eroded away by the tide. I love the visible rings of the wood and the reminder of how powerful the tide is.
Sara and Tom’s pub Bertie enjoyed sniffing the mussels. The shore was pungent to us so must be an exciting playground of smells for a dog! Liz is in the background looking at the grey seals moping about on the sandy stretches.
The harbour is lined with upturned boats used as storage sheds for fishermen – such a cool upcycle idea. I can’t get over how rustic yet adorable they look. Maybe I could by an old broken boat and bring a bit of the coast to the wood?
The castle ruin looks like a tower of stone rising up for an old volcano- very impressive. We didn’t go inside as there was a submission cost and we had to dash back to the cars before our parking was up. There’s so much I didn’t get to see and as Dave didn’t get to come along we both plan to visit again very soon.