Seals at Seafield, Firth of Forth, Kirkcaldy, Fife

One lovely afternoon last week we drove to the beach at Seafield, part of the Fife Coastal Walk. This cormorant was drying its wings in the sun. The concrete blocks are the remains of some of the World War 2 defences which thankfully were never tested, but you can understand that people would be worried about a Nazi invasion back then.

cormorant , Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Firth of Forth, Fife

red rocks, Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Firth of Forth

red rocks, Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Firth of Forth

If you click on the photo below you should be able to see the seals that were basking on the rocks. They blend in very well and I didn’t even realise they were there until I heard them mooing.

seals, Firth of Forth, Kirkcaldy, Seafield

There are lots of them on the rocks in the photo below. When we walked past them about ten minutes later some of them were still sticking to their little patch of rock, despite it almost being covered by the rising tide.

seals , Firth of Forth, Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife

I don’t know how people walking on the coastal path could disturb seals, anyway obviously it isn’t a good thing to do as it uses up a lot of their energy if they are frightened off their rocks before they’re ready to swim again.

Do not disturb seals, Seafield, Kirkcaldy

Seals, Seafield, Firth of Forth, Fife

Seals, Firth of Forth, Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife

It seems that you’re never very far from a ruin of some sort in Scotland and the one in the photo below is what is left of Seafield Tower which has been ravaged by the North Sea over the years. It’s in a very poor state now, it was built around 1542.

Seafield Tower, Kirkcaldy, Fife

After our wee walk we were too hot to do anything else, such as go to the shops or around the park, but it was nice to have a change of scenery.

Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

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Come on, get your beach friendly shoes on, it’s time for another walk down at Seafield. As you can see it’s a blue sky day and the tide is out, it’s all looking a bit slimey down there.

The photos below are close ups of the rocks on the left hand side of the first photo. I love the texture of them.

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There was a chap on TV’s Countryfile recently looking at a similar rock near St Andrews a few weeks ago and he pointed out fossilised animal tracks on it, but I’m fairly sure this is just wear and tear from the weather, it looks good though.

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The photo below is looking back to Kirkcaldy from the Seafield area. I’ve always wondered what the concrete remains which you can see in the photo actually were. I’ve got a feeling they were probably some sort of defence thing left over from World War 2.

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The weather in Scotland seems never to be the same two days in a row so it wasn’t a surprise that the next day was grey, it didn’t stop me from getting down to the beach though. I’m not really a beach person, I’ve never sun-bathed on a beach in my life, and although I can appreciate that a long stretch of golden sand is attractive, I also find it quite boring because you know that you’re unlikely to find anything interesting there. I love a beach with plenty of detritus washed up on it, although obviously not the junk which seems to be washed off passing ships regularly. It’s the natural stuff I like, I’m not a great one for shells, although I will pick up the odd unusual one. It’s stones which attract me and it’s rare for me to get off a beach without an interesting stone in my pocket. Then there’s the sea-glass. What do you want with sea-glass junk I hear you say. Well I plan to make a sea collage with my collection – sometime in the future, probably when I don’t live near the sea any more.

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The other interesting thing on some beaches in Fife is broken shards of pottery, evidence of the pottery industry which used to go on around here in Victorian times and earlier. I always pick up any bits I see, and the pottery stand/supports too. I think they just chucked anything which was broken in the kilns into the Forth and over the years it gets washed up on to the beaches.

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On our blue sky day walk there was no sign of the seals which often drape themselves over the rocks off Seafield but they were there on our grey day walk, although it was a while before I noticed them because they were unusually quiet, maybe because the sea was rough and noisy.

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So that was Seafield on two different days, walking along the esplanade today was a chancy thing to do as the sea exploded over the sea wall which is in the process of being remodelled and strengthened.