We missed out again last weekend due to poor weather and travelling to visit family - which seems to be becoming a theme that I think we need to stamp out! Friday was another cold, wet washout but the forecast for today suggested that at least it would be dry, so we settled for that. We had two routes planned with the decision to be taken when we got up in the morning. If it was sunny with clear skies we would try for Hill of Wirren and if not we would take the shorter, easier alternative of St Cyrus Nature Reserve. In the end we did a wee bit of both in as much as we drove down to find the start of the Hill of Wirren walk, but the top was still covered in mist so we headed back towards the coast, which was clear, and St Cyrus.
The Nature Reserve is set just north of the Montrose and the river North Esk. It sits between the A92 and the sea and is sheltered by high volcanic cliffs.
|Looking north along the original river course|
|Nether Kirkyard - Looking North|
|Nether Kirkyard - Looking Southeast|
|Nice spot for a house but maybe a bit too precarious!|
|No through road!!|
|Hopeful - or have missed the point!|
|Looking what would have been downriver, (north), before the flood.|
I did stop off to photograph the Kinnaber Viaduct that once carried the branch line from Montrose to Inverbervie and its much older road equivalent built by public subscription in the 18th century during the Scottish Enlightenment. It's one of those photographs that I can see but can't quite get right! Answers on a postcard!!
|Kinnaber Viaduct, (road on the right, old railway on the left)|