Blue skies and warm weather were the order of the day at St Cyrus Nature Reserve and beach, for this summer re-visit. The languid sea lapped the shore at low tide, making a waterside stroll a real pleasure. The beach is wide and flat, with a pleasing arc and backed by dunes, wetland and sheer cliffs, from which the various hawks hunt the plentiful wildlife. The rocks at the northern end of the beach, revealed at low tide, are an ideal spot for rock pooling, where I found interviewee Ann. Highly recommended.
The beach as an escape for Ann.
A fine morning at St Cyrus.
This beach in the North East Scotland region is part of the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. It runs south from the cliffs and weird rock formations below the village of St Cyrus, to the mouth of the North Esk River. You access the beach either by a winding path down the cliffs, or by a more straightforward route, leading from the Visitor Centre. This is now 200 metres behind the beach, despite once being the lifeboat station. It’s a spectacular setting, with the cliffs hosting peregrine falcons and numerous wildlife, that thrive where the North Esk River used to run, just behind the beach.
The scene is set by Thérèse from Scottish Natural Heritage, then Susan and Nicola.
The view from the dunes.
On the waterline at St Cyrus beach.