Geo-Trips :: Burghead Bay from Findhorn

Burghead Bay

A walk from Findhorn, Thu, 9 Jan 2020 by Anne Burgess

We set off from Findhorn an hour or so after high tide, and followed the cost to Burghead, arriving an hour or so before low tide. We mostly followed the waymarked Moray Coastal Trade, but made occasional diversions on to other paths. The most interesting feature of this stretch of coast is the very clear evidence of the encroachment by the sea into the land, and of the rate at which this is happening.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NJ0464 : Dune Erosion by Anne Burgess
Dune Erosion
The low sand cliff is being eroded by the sea, revealing old pebble beaches and... more

NJ0464 : Among the Dunes by Anne Burgess
Among the Dunes
Wind is the principal agent in the creation of this landscape. Sand dunes... more

NJ0564 : Abandoned Winch by Anne Burgess
Abandoned Winch
This winch stands forlornly on the sand several hundred metres from the village,... more

NJ0564 : Scrubby Tufts by Anne Burgess
Scrubby Tufts
These tussocks are mainly heather, but they obviously suffer greatly from thewind... more

NJ0564 : Pebble Shore by Anne Burgess
Pebble Shore
At high tide there's very little sand on the stretch of the beach. The object in... more

NJ0564 : Pebble Beaches by Anne Burgess
Pebble Beaches
Each of the horizontal lines of pebbles is a fossil beach, showing how sand and... more

NJ0564 : Fallen Tank Traps by Anne Burgess
Fallen Tank Traps
During the second world war, low-lying coasts all the way along the east coast of... more

NJ0664 : Beach east of Findhorn by Anne Burgess
Beach east of Findhorn
When we set out no sand was visible, but now the falling tide has uncovered a... more

NJ0664 : Emerging Pillbox by Anne Burgess
Emerging Pillbox
As well as a line of tank traps, the wartime defences along Burghead Bay included... more

NJ0664 : Concrete Foundation by Anne Burgess
Concrete Foundation
This rectangular foundation looks very similar to that of some second world war... more

NJ0664 : Frosted Leaves by Anne Burgess
Frosted Leaves
It was pretty chilly today, and in sheltered pockets the vegetation was rimed with... more

NJ0664 : Military Buildings by Anne Burgess
Military Buildings
These buildings are on the former RAF Kinloss, now an Army base. Viewed through... more

NJ0664 : Many Masts by Anne Burgess
Many Masts
On the Army base at Kinloss, formerly RAF Kinloss. Viewed from the Moray Coast Path.

NJ0664 : Moray Coast Trail by Anne Burgess
Moray Coast Trail
There's just room for the waymarked path between the beach and the perimeter fence... more

NJ0764 : Cliff Edge by Anne Burgess
Cliff Edge
It's not quite so obvious in the photograph as it was when we arrived there that... more

NJ0764 : Steps to the Beach by Anne Burgess
Steps to the Beach
Having looked at the pebble beach, and noted the absence of sand, we opted to... more

NJ0764 : Moray Coastal Trail by Anne Burgess
Moray Coastal Trail
The path is well marked, but very narrow. The black objects in the sea are all... more

NJ0864 : Sand Ramp by Anne Burgess
Sand Ramp
This is one of the few points on this section of the coast path where it's easy to... more

NJ0864 : Between the Forests by Anne Burgess
Between the Forests
On the left is Forestry Commission land, and on the right is Ministry of Defence... more

NJ0864 : Sentry Box by Anne Burgess
Sentry Box
Just inside the Kinloss military base, but viewed from the coastal path alongside... more

NJ0965 : Left Standing by Anne Burgess
Left Standing
From the tall bare trunks, it's apparent that these trees were originally in a... more

NJ0965 : Roseisle Beach by Anne Burgess
Roseisle Beach
Looking west towards Findhorn. The blocks are the remains of the line of wartime... more

NJ0965 : Tank Traps by Anne Burgess
Tank Traps
Some of the tank traps installed dusring the second world war, now in the... more

NJ0965 : Wartime Defences by Anne Burgess
Wartime Defences
A long line of tank traps and pillboxes stretched along Roseisle Beach, placed on... more

NJ0965 : Path in the Dunes by Anne Burgess
Path in the Dunes
The waymarked Moray Coastal Path diverts inland here, but there are well-trodden... more

NJ0965 : Pillbox by Anne Burgess
Pillbox
One of the numerous pillboxes along the line of Roseisle Beach that have been... more

NJ0965 : Drain by Anne Burgess
Drain
That's how it's marked on the maps - just 'Drain'. It brings water from the forest... more

NJ0965 : Drain by Anne Burgess
Drain
That's how it's marked on the maps - just 'Drain'. It brings water from the forest... more

NJ1065 : A Novel Seat by Anne Burgess
A Novel Seat
The back of this bench is carved from stone. It is at the seaward end of a... more

NJ1065 : Tank Traps by Anne Burgess
Tank Traps
The further east you go, the less the sea has encroached on the land. This is... more

NJ1065 : Roseisle Beach by Anne Burgess
Roseisle Beach
The tide has fallen since we set off this morning, uncovering the extensive sand... more

NJ1066 : Buried Tank Traps by Anne Burgess
Buried Tank Traps
Whereas the tank traps further west have been exposed by the encroaching sea, here... more

NJ1066 : Roseisle Beach by Anne Burgess
Roseisle Beach
For lovers of sand, this is the best stretch of the beach. Wide flat sand, firm... more

NJ1066 : Mouth of the Millie Burn by Anne Burgess
Mouth of the Millie Burn
The Millie Burn is one of only two burns that cross Roseisle Beach. There is a... more

NJ1066 : Millie Burn by Anne Burgess
Millie Burn
The Millie Burn spreads out across the sand to reach the sea.

NJ1066 : Slip-sliding Away by Anne Burgess
Slip-sliding Away
The pillboxes at the east end of Burghead Bay are still on dry land, unlike their... more

NJ1167 : Pillbox on the Move by Anne Burgess
Pillbox on the Move
The pillboxes at the east end of Burghead Bay are still on dry land, unlike their... more

NJ1168 : On the Slippery Slope by Anne Burgess
On the Slippery Slope
The pillboxes at the east end of Burghead Bay are still on dry land, unlike their... more

NJ1168 : Tidal Ripples by Anne Burgess
Tidal Ripples
Complicated sand patterns created by criss-crossing flows in the receding tide.

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