Monday, 21 May 2012

Mermaid Treasures at Seacliff Beach

Just outside of North Berwick and down a humble farm track lies the hidden treasure of Seacliff Beach.  For the princely sum of two quid you can get access to one of Scotland's prettiest and romantic secret locations.  This is imagination stirring fodder for the fairytale aficionado... here are some of the treasures I found.

Just to remind us who lives out there....

The toes of a stone giant.  His torso lies buried under the sand, ready to rise again.

A merman's discarded shield, washed ashore after a major sea battle.

A merman's spear, honed to a fine point. 

A shelter built for a Selkie Queen for the purposes of giving audiences.

The head of a stone King, seaweed strewn he looks out to sea.

The ruins of Tantallon Castle brood over the coastline.

One of the world's smallest fishing harbours... or a smuggler's cove, hidden deep in the rocks.


Sophie Moss said...

Oh, Meg! I love this post so much! Did you write "selkies" in the sand in that first picture? It warms my heart to see that. :) I especially love the picture of the "selkie queen shelter." You're so clever. hehehe. Wish I was wandering the rocky Scottish shores, breathing the salty air, tasting the sea spray and searching for selkies. Sigh... Need to plan a trip to the ocean!

Diane J. Reed said...

Beatiful & evocative photos that stir the imagination! I loved reading this with fairy friends in mind... : )

littleindian said...

How quaint.
A real wonderland.
And it comes through in your photographs. I love monochromatic photographs.

Andrea said...

Looks like you had fun!
Hope you made sandcastles.

Lisa Shambrook said...

Gorgeous pictures, and I love the one of the giant's toes!
I love the ocean and your beach is truly enchanting!

Meg McNulty said...

Thanks for your comments folks, glad you like the pictures.

@Sophie... that would be telling ;-)

@Andrea... no sandcastles on this occasion. We were very focused on finding stones and shells with holes through them, sea glass and other treasures. We live on a beach so get to do sandcastles all the time!

Andrea said...

I would love to live by the sea. We live right in the middle of the country ;o(