In these weeks when we’re spending time at home and keeping our walks local, the places that were once so familiar are now so longed for. This story rewinds to one of those places: Gullane Point, and a walk I’ve shared here a few times already. This walk was on the last day of February, a brilliantly blue-skied Saturday when we drove down the coast, grateful for sunshine after what had been a very rainy month. We couldn’t have imagined that this would be our last walk here in a while.
The light was shifting constantly. One of the pleasures of this walk for me was watching the clouds as they lined up dramatically over the Forth. The light was so strong and the blue was so blue, it almost didn’t look real when I scrolled back through the photos. And this blue felt even more striking at the end of February, as if signalling the spring days ahead.
You follow the clifftop path to this point, which is easily missed as this tiny path leads through the gorse, between the WW2 sea defences. Even looking at that arrow, you might be thinking, ‘Is this really the way to the beach…?’ But it is, and in just a few metres the view opens up before you.
The rest of this walk depends on the tide. We thought we’d timed this well to walk back along the beach to Gullane, but the tide was already further in and we had to walk back over rocks - which is fine, but a little trickier when doing so in places with a wee hound tucked under one arm.