We had a visit to Cove Harbour a wee while back. It is just down the coast from Edinburgh, between Dunbar and Eyemouth, near Cockburnspath. It is a favourite location for photographers and artists, but one that we hadn’t visited before, which is surprising given it is only a drive of about an hour so from the city.
We parked in Cove, at the top of the cliff, and then did the loop walk down to the harbour, up along the cliffs and then back around along the quiet road that goes to Pease Bay.
And so to some photos. We start with a view of Cove Bay and then the tunnel that is cut through the cliff to allow entry to the eastern side of the harbour.
We then went back through the tunnel to have a look at the western side of the harbour.
And then a walk back up to the clifftop to walk along towards Pease Bay. Here you can see the view looking westwards, showing the rocky nature of the coast surrounding the harbour.
Finally, a ruined cottage at the turning point back towards Cove.
You can also walk a long way along Nairn beach in both directions – it is beautiful and often deserted.
After a chat with our hosts about what they would recommend, we consulted the ‘walkers bible’ the Walk Highlands website, and decided to go to Burghead for a look around, then have a wander along the Burghead Beach towards Findhorn, leaving options for a further extended walk or a small trip elsewhere.
Exploring Burghead and Burghead Beach (link to follow soon)
A quick note for photographers – if you go to do this walk, you will be near Fffordes Photographic, a place with a good reputation. We didn’t have time to visit when we were there, so can’t describe it more than that (yet).
And so to the images. Firstly, a mix of natural and man-made with this pylon part of the transmission network from the hydro-electric plant nearby.
I enjoyed a short visit to the excellent Flowerburn B&B in Nairn. There is plenty to do here – I believe the golf is excellent and the B&B hosts are very knowledgeable about the local golf courses being past holders of the Ladies’ Cup at one of the clubs.
Not being a golfer, I prefered long walks along the beautiful beach, checking for dolphins or whales or watching dingies bobbing along the Moray coast. Unusually for me, I felt this shot needed to be in colour.
There was a bit of a breeze down at the harbour when I visited which made some interesting patterns on the sand.
I didn’t see any marine wildlife this time, but was accompanied by local 4-legged wildlife. Betty also enjoyed the beach where she ran for miles and met up with some of her canine chums.
Other local wildlife included 2 gorgeous highland cows. Again, I felt the vibrancy of this shaggy coat needed to be shown in colour in at least one shot.
Back to B&W – a few other angles.
Meanwhile, the other highland cow seemed to enjoy soaking up the rays.
Finally, while Betty was snoozing in her bed, we had night-time visits from this incredibly friendly and affectionate cat – it was difficult to get her to sit still long enough to take a photo.