Geo-Trips :: Kincardineshire Coast from Inverbervie

Kincardineshire Coast

A walk from Inverbervie, Tue, 13 May 2008 by Anne Burgess

This is a stretch of cliffs which I'd never visited before, and it turned out to be well worth the effort. Although I've categorised it as a walk, I actually did it as a series of shorter walks, parking the car at Grange, Kinneff and Todhead.

(If you view the slideshow version of this trip, then because of the way the search works, it may also include a few extra images that I took on the way to the coast.)

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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NO8575 : Herding Cattle, 21st Century Style by Anne Burgess
Herding Cattle, 21st Century Style
When I reached Slains Park there was a wire across the road, decorated with yellow... more

NO8575 : Slains Park by Anne Burgess
Slains Park
A herd of Friesians being taken into the farm, though it seemed a bit early in the... more

NO8574 : Old Manse of Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Old Manse of Kinneff
A fine example of an 18th century manse, set in a beautifully kept garden.

NO8574 : Old Kirk of Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Old Kirk of Kinneff
Though it stands on the site of at least two earlier kirks, this one dates from... more

NO8574 : Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Kinneff
This is the course of an unnamed burn which flows to the sea through a steep gully... more

NO8574 : Thrift (Armeria maritima) by Anne Burgess
Thrift (Armeria maritima)
Also known as Sea Pink, this grows in profusion along the cliffs.

NO8574 : Wild Hyacinth by Anne Burgess
Wild Hyacinth
Is this the true native Wild Hyacinth (Hyacinthoides non-scriptus) rather than the... more

NO8574 : Clifftop Ruins by Anne Burgess
Clifftop Ruins
There were evidently several houses here at one time, but they have long since... more

NO8574 : Cove near Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Cove near Kinneff
This cove is unnamed on the maps. The lower part of the cliff is formed of massive... more

NO8674 : Only Just! by Anne Burgess
Only Just!
This was one of the most awkward squares I've ever tried to get into. I stood on... more

NO8675 : Rough Haven by Anne Burgess
Rough Haven
A fine stretch of rocky coastline, popular with nesting seabirds.

NO8575 : Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Whistleberry
Looking from the clifftop towards the farm buildings.

NO8675 : Sea Campion (Silene uniflora) by Anne Burgess
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)
A common plant along the coast. Note the delicate veining on the calyx.

NO8675 : Thrift (Armeria maritima) by Anne Burgess
Thrift (Armeria maritima)
This flower head is from a plant with much darker flowers than usual. It is also... more

NO8675 : Houses at Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Houses at Whistleberry
Most of the farm buildings at Whistleberry have been converted into houses. The... more

NO8675 : Looking North from near Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Looking North from near Whistleberry
Beyond the foreground whins is a cliff of Old Red Sandstone conglomerate. The farm... more

NO8675 : Sea Campion (Silene uniflora) by Anne Burgess
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)
A large patch of this maritime plant.

NO8675 : Whistleberry Castle by Anne Burgess
Whistleberry Castle
This scrap of wall is all that remains of the castle. It looks as if cliff... more

NO8675 : Coastline at Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Coastline at Whistleberry
Looking north from the promontory on which the remains of the castle stand.

NO8675 : Cliffs at Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Cliffs at Whistleberry
Looking south from the end of the promontory towards Kinneff.

NO8675 : Wallflower (Erisymum cheiri) by Anne Burgess
Wallflower (Erisymum cheiri)
The thick clumps of this plant on the castle wall are inaccessible, but... more

NO8575 : Whistleberry by Anne Burgess
Whistleberry
The steadings at Whistleberry have all been converted into attractive housing.

NO8574 : Old Kirk of Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Old Kirk of Kinneff
The kirk site is famed as the hiding place of the Honours of Scotland (the... more

NO8574 : Old Kirk of Kinneff by Anne Burgess
Old Kirk of Kinneff
From the gate to the kirkyard, showing the north aisle and the wing which contains... more

NO8574 : Old Kirk of Kinneff, Interior by Anne Burgess
Old Kirk of Kinneff, Interior
Showing the loft in the north aisle, and the pulpit unconventionally placed in the... more

NO8574 : Wild Hyacinth by Anne Burgess
Wild Hyacinth
I cannot be sure whether these are Hyacinthoides non-scripta, H hispanica or a... more

NO8776 : Conglomerate at Todhead Point by Anne Burgess
Conglomerate at Todhead Point
There is very little land in this square. Most of what there is is made up of... more

NO8776 : Razorbill (Alca torda) by Anne Burgess
Razorbill (Alca torda)
This Razorbill landed just a few feet from me, and took a good look at me before... more

NO8776 : Watching You Watching Me by Anne Burgess
Watching You Watching Me
An unusually bold Razorbill (Alca torda) allowing itself to be photographed.

NO8676 : Conglomerate by Anne Burgess
Conglomerate
The hollows are where clasts have weathered out of the matrix, leaving the imprint... more

NO8776 : Todhead Point by Anne Burgess
Todhead Point
The cliffs here are formed of conglomerate, which weathers to provide lots of... more

NO8776 : Dyke in Conglomerate by Anne Burgess
Dyke in Conglomerate
The linear feature in the otherwise knobbly conglomerate is a dyke cutting through... more

NO8776 : The Slainges by Anne Burgess
The Slainges
Looking south from Todhead Point to the cliffs. The foreground rocks are coarse... more

NO8776 : Todhead Point by Anne Burgess
Todhead Point
The coarse Old Red Sandstone conglomerates at Todhead Point and elsewhere along... more

NO8776 : Seabird City by Anne Burgess
Seabird City
The cliff face at Todhead Point is colonised by Kittiwakes above and Guillemots... more

NO8777 : Looking North from Todhead Point by Anne Burgess
Looking North from Todhead Point
The bay on the left is Braidon Bay, which is in the next square. Catterline is in... more

NO8777 : Todhead Point by Anne Burgess
Todhead Point
Looking down from near the lighthouse to the shoreline to the north. Catterline is... more

NO8677 : Braidon Bay by Anne Burgess
Braidon Bay
A fine curve of shingle beach just north of Todhead Point. The foreground sea... more

NO8676 : Todhead Lighthouse by Anne Burgess
Todhead Lighthouse
The buildings around the lighthouse have been made available as housing.

NO8676 : Hallhill Farm by Anne Burgess
Hallhill Farm
Another farm which seems to hang between the land and the sea, with wonderful... more

NO8574 : Little John's Haven by Anne Burgess
Little John's Haven
In fact the Haven is partly hidden beyond the foreground ridge. Beyond it again... more

NO8574 : Castle Hill by Anne Burgess
Castle Hill
The name presumably recalls a castle which once stood here, but the whins, though... more

NO8375 : A92 near Inverbervie by Anne Burgess
A92 near Inverbervie
This used to be a trunk road until the A90 was upgraded to dual carriageway. Now... more

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