26th April 2021

I started a series of stories on Steller a few weeks back from this walk at Gullane Point, which has become one of our favourite walks in the last year or so, and I thought I’d share some of those photos here too. Aside from driving horizontal rain – as we try to avoid walking anywhere in horizontal rain! – I reckon we’ve experienced this walk in every other type of weather, from the frozen and blustery days when the wind is literally whipping along the clifftop section of the walk, to the wintry days of ice and snow, when you can feel the temperature dip even further as you reach the sheltered beach, to balmy evenings when the sea is completely calm and the sky is glowing gloriously orange.

And this walk changes distinctly with the tides. At low tide you can follow a big loop: along the clifftop, down onto the shelly beach (above), and then back along the rocky shoreline to the stretch of sandy beach at Gullane. But at high tide, the rocky shoreline is underwater, so you have to retrace your steps before winding down to Gullane beach. And then there are those walks when we haven’t quite timed it right, and the tide is in a little further than we’d hoped, and we find ourselves clambering over rocks, each of us carrying a wee hound.

So I wanted to share this set of photos from this walk in early April. You can’t tell here but it was a really windy day. A wild and windy day. I was enjoying the moody sky. We were back here yesterday in bright sunshine, and I was disappointed at the lack of photo ops as it was all just too blue. Too bright, too much light. For photos, I’d always rather have clouds; I’d rather have a bit of drama in the sky. Indeed, the same is true for walking. Calm days are beautiful, but the stormy days leave you feeling very, very alive.

Gullane Point, East Lothian.