We are located
in the middle of 11 miles of glorious sandy beach and
giant dunes over 30m (100ft) high. The beach is a well-kept
secret having only a handful of access points along the
entire length. It is therefore very secluded, and when
we walk the dogs we almost always have the beach to ourselves.
We have been amazed at just how much the beach can change
overnight with wind or tidal action. Rattray Head has
several areas of low lying rocks which are normally covered
with sand. But one day there may be a sandy beach, and
the next perhaps three feet of sand has shifted to reveal
the rocks. The following day the rocks may well be covered
again - that's an awful lot of sand to have moved in just
a few hours!
Sometimes the beach is clean and flat with a gentle slope
down to the low tide mark, and other times it is a jumble
of seaweed and kelp with great gullies carved out with
streams of water running back from trapped pools.
There are also stunning wind carvings throughout the
dune system where the loose sand is blown away revealing
very ornate shapes in the underlying damp sand. With the
many different coloured layers having been laid down over
the previous weeks, the wind erosion shows all these contour
lines as beautiful works of art. It really is something
to be seen.