The East Sands, St Andrews

We are in the middle of a bit of a heatwave in Scotland just now, with temperatures soaring up to the high 20s. Very, very hot for us! Encourages you to get out and about a bit. So last week I decided to visit my home town of St Andrews for a wander about the harbour and East Sands. This was the area where I used to play as a young child as we lived very close to this part of the town. I started at the harbour, which is not used much by boats nowadays. Though the local café has found a novel way to use one of the boats as you can see in the first photo below. The second shows one of the small number of fishing boats still in use.
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The harbour is a tidal one with three piers and is a haven for all kinds of birds and other little animals. Below is a pair of swans with two of their young followed by a seagull which spent most of its time with its mouth hanging open.
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Just beyond the harbour the East Sands stretch all the way to the rocky cliffs which extend for most of the way around the coast to Crail. The ground here is very flat, so when the tide is out there is an enormous expanse of lovely soft sand to play on. The water was perfect for paddling so I whisked off my shoes and socks and ventured out into the sea. Lovely and invigorating! There were plenty of people out enjoying the lovely weather, but nothing like as many as when I was a young boy in 1950s. How times have changed. Anyway, below is view of the whole beach looking towards the harbour, followed by one showing a one of the features of the beach – the stunning backdrop of the Cathedral ruins. Then a snap of one of the unusual things you can come across on the beach – not sure what this was originally.
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The far end of the beach is full of rocks and was a wonderful area for young and old to explore, looking for sea life left behind in one of the many rock pools. The area ends with the steep grass clad cliffs. It used to be a regular pastime to wander out along the cliffs to the Maiden Rock, a stunning piece of stone which rises sheer from the ground. Below is a photo of the rocks followed by the Maiden Rock by the cliffs.
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