The internet is a wonderful thing: you can find out about almost anything you want. I have passed that gate countless times as I drive to and from Peterhead along the main road, but it was only when I was looking up information about the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve at Longhaven Cliffs that I discovered there was now a parking place for visitors close to the village. The new parking area has recently been created and the road to the old quarry where visitors used to park has been closed off by a locked gate because of people dumping rubbish up at the quarry.
A great place for a walk with the dogs. So I followed the road up to the quarry and then onto the cliff top path. The dogs loved it, despite the wetness of the ground. Poppy particularly loved exploring. She seems to have no hint of vertigo, There was quite some swell, and waves were crashing on the rocks below. The light was quite good, not the blue sky and sea that I had experienced last week, but still sunny and good enough for some pictures.
My big surprise was when I spied a group of grey seals resting on the rocks in a sea cave. It was really an arch, with both ends open to the sea, forming a curve so that you could not really see through it. There was just the hint of some waves at the sea end, while the seals were resting on the rocks now exposed by the receding tide in the gully below me.
Further on it was some Fulmars which got my attention as they circled over the cliff top. I managed a few pictures, and as I look at them, it always seemed to be the same bird I caught with my camera. A broken wing feather marked him out quite distinctly.
Too early yet for many flowers, but I did see one primrose in bloom, and the promise of some daffodils later. But it was the patch of snowdrops sheltered among the prink granite rocks that took my attention as we returned to the car.
You can see the pictures I took on my Flickr Page.