We finally managed to get some sunshine yesterday and do you know what I would have just settled for a day without rain! Deciding to make the most of it we thought we would visit somewhere new and opted for Tentsmuir beach on the east coast and not far from St Andrews. This was of course dependent on any road closures due to flooding or landslides! After checking the roads were all clear we made a flask, grabbed my camera bag and we were off.
When we moved from Herefordshire I was most excited at the prospect of being so close to the coast, less than an hour for us. Brilliant!
We had already read on the Tentsmuir website that the charge for parking was just two pounds, great value for money this seemed as we planned to spend several hours exploring the beach and the pine forest trails.
Arriving in the large open car park, which we were later told by a lady walking her dog has recently had some work done on it to make larger and trees have been removed, we found it was quite busy. As soon as we opened the car door we could hear the roar of the sea. The view straight out to sea is blocked by sand dunes and they were frozen! I’ve never walked on frozen sand before.
Making it across the dunes and out onto the beach, the noise of the crashing waves, sea birds and a bizarre mixture of smell – sea air and pine forest. The sun was shining, the clouds were light and wispy and the reflections on the sand and water were all magical. QUICK GET THE CAMERA OUT!
After just standing and looking out to sea for a few minutes we set off on our walk along the beach. As usual I am left behind, although not on purpose, because I am looking on the ground and out to sea – I would hate to miss something!
We didn’t have to wander far before coming across something I would rather have not seen. A dead common seal (I think it was a common juvenile, please correct me if this is wrong). Who knows what happened to it? I just hope it wasn’t anything too sinister and was just nature.
We continued to walk further north along the beach looking at the variety of seashells, drift wood and general rubbish that had been washed up – it’s amazing what turns up! With the news of how Lulu the Orca apparently died recently off of the Scottish west coast surely this is more reason to take of our sea’s and ocean’s? Being entangled by fishing gear until you drown can’t be the nicest way to go!
There were murmurations of birds putting on a great display along with large groups of low flying birds going up and down the surf. Really great to see. I was looking forward to seeing eider ducks here but not knowing the coast line or how much further we would have to walk to see them we decided to leave that for another day as the tide was coming in.
We followed the way marked path that runs parallel with the beach and forest until we came across the Ice House which was built in the 1800’s to keep locally caught salmon fresh and is now home to bats.
I would highly recommend visiting Tentsmuir beach and pine forest whether it be to take a leisurely stroll, watch the wildlife, take photographs or just to get some fresh air. We didn’t spend much time in the forest on this occasion if I am honest and this was intentional – means we shall have to visit again and look for the red squirrels.