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the idyllic situation nestled into the towering red sandstone cliffs,
the villages and coastline boast a wealth of natural and local history.
At the westward side of the village lies a small sandy
beach on which children can play safely, building sandcastles while adults
enjoy a picnic or comb the beach. There are two burns, or streams, running
into the sea the first of which tumbles down from a steep grassy slope
forming a waterfall before meandering through a stony outcrop and finally
flowing over the red sandstone rocks into the ocean. The second marks
the change in rock formation from that of red sandstone to the harder
quartzite hillside upon which stands the ruin of St. Johns Church.
The small village harbour is very picturesque and in the
summer time is full of small pleasure boats as well as a few working,
fishing boats. This is a hot spot for the local children who spend many
long hours in the summer holidays diving and swimming in the clear waters.
In Spring the grassy braes are covered in primroses and
then in bluebells. It is a beautiful sight. As summer approaches many
wild flowers such as common orchids can be found blooming on the hillsides,
an ideal habitat for numerous birds such as goldfinches and pipits, while
high on the rocky ledges above nest the kittiwakes. Just around the corner
at Troup Head you can find colonies of gannets, guillemots, razorbills
and puffins. Wading birds feed on the small insects found in the seaweed
by the seashore; redshanks, turnstones, oyster catchers as well as ringed
plovers depending on the time of year. Eider ducks nest on the rocky islands
in the adjoining bay. We also have a resident pair of herons who stalk
the rock pools on the beach. Dolphins can often be seen frolicking in
the bay. A spectacular sight!
The village is built on old red sandstone cliffs that are
topped by glacial deposits from the last ice age. Towards Crovie the rocks
are of a sandstone conglomerate and to the west past the second burn the
harder quartzite can be found. Depending on the tides and the depth of
sand the sandstone bedrock underlying the beach is very pronounced and
gives a rich colour to the landscape.
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