While on my travels these past few months, not only have I been taking thousands of images, but I’ve also been recording snippets of sound when I’ve heard something that particularly surprised or delighted me. I’ve just realised that I can include these sounds here on my blog posts so this is my first attempt! These samples are only taken on a phone, so you’ll have to forgive the quality, but I hope they help to bring to life some of these wild and windswept places.
Early August found us making our way slowly west along the Moray coast, from Fraserburgh to Findhorn along the tiny B9031 and the A98. One of the places we stopped was Cullen, famous for cullen skink, a flavoursome soup of smoked haddock, onions and potatoes. As well as trying the eponomous dish in its heartland, we also hiked a circular route along the coast to Portknockie and back with breathtaking views over Cullen Bay.
This route is famous its sea arches, the Whale’s Mouth and Bow Fiddle Rock. These arches are made from Quartzite, a type of sandstone, and the arches are formed by wave action eroding the rock over many millenia. These days these strange outcrops are a haven for seabirds who cover every available surface, filling the air with their harsh, soaring crys and staining the rock white with guano.