Redheugh Shore is the name given to a small, difficult to reach cobble and boulder beach located between Cove Harbour and Dowlaw in the north east of the Scottish Borders, just on the boundary with East Lothian. My reason for visiting was to explore some of the local geology, do a spot of bird watching, check out some old buildings, collect some flint nodules and perhaps spot a few interesting brickmarks.
My approach to Redheugh Shore was from the east, from Lansey Bank, rather than dropping down the cliff from above. Lansey Bank was the first stop on my itinerary for the day and you can read about that here.
There are a number of old buildings dotted along the foreshore, including the remains of two houses built from the local red sandstone. Not much remains other than few walls.
The third structure is the boathouse, again made from the same red sandstone as the houses. The trackway used for launching and landing the boats is still visible. The remains of a winch, probably used for hauling in the boats, can be seen further along the shore. The buildings are sometimes referred to as Redheugh Salmon Station.
One of the reasons for my visit was to look at some of the geology of the area. The most obvious features are the red sandstone cliffs to the western end of the beach. These date back some 345 million years to the Devonian period of geological history. The environment at the time would have been an arid desert much like the Sahara is today. The red sandstone in the image below would once have been sand dunes.
These sandstone boulders remind me of icebergs as they sit on the beach. Wish I could take some back for the garden!
Twelve noon is lunchtime. Nothing better than finding a nice sheltered spot out of the wind for lunch.
Another reason for my visit today was to hopefully find some flint nodules. Flint is not very abundant here in Scotland and our Stone Age ancestors had to import most of their flint from Yorkshire, although there were some sources around Aberdeen. The flint we find here is actually from glacial till debris, deposited by glaciers after the last Ice Age, around 15,000 years ago.
I found around 45 pieces of flint which would have been a valuable commodity in the Stone Age and earlier times. The collection above weighs in at around 2.5 kg which certainly adding to the weight of the rucksack. Not sure of its value as a raw material for actually making flint arrow heads or spear points, but time will tell when I start some knapping.
Of course, when a Gary goes down, a Gary must come back up. Bit of a slog climbing back up to the cliff top. Notice the landslide scar in the foreground. Landslides are a common occurrence along this stretch of coast.
Down on the beach I been sheltered from the worst of the wind but not so on the cliff top. Difficult to show just how windy it actually was without video but I hope you get the idea.