• Cheryl Margiotta

Montrose Ramblings

We recently took advantage of the beautiful Autumn weather to put some miles on our walking boots. We decided to take a ramble around the coastline starting at the old fishing village of Ferryden. The path takes you past the harbour entrance where you soon leave the fisher cottages behind and begin striking out for Scurdie Ness Lighthouse. We were glad we had packed gloves, hats and a flask of tea. A strong easterly was sending huge rollers thrashing into the rocks, very bracing! After a quick tea break we left the lighthouse behind and heeding the warning sign of cows grazing we skirted the foreshore. We wanted to avoid disturbing the mums and babies who looked so serene, sleepily chewing their cud in the sunshine. This section of the walk took far longer than it should as we couldn't help but stop to collect some of the fascinating pebbles that litter the rocks. At least the extra weight in our pockets for the rest of the walk helped burn off the sandwiches and cake that were eaten while we lazed on our rock perch watching the stormy seas. The next part of the walk took us through the old fishing village of Usan and past Elephant rock. This amazing lump of sandstone looks just like an elephant stretching its trunk down to drink. This is a cod fishing hot spot, and true to form there were two fishermen trying their luck off the rocks. Eventually the route climbs up to a cemetery where graves stare forlornly out to sea. It's worth searching for George James Ramsay's grave as the inscription claims he died 19 years before he was born (1859 - 1840). The story behind the mistake has been lost in time and it's not known why the inscription was never corrected.

We returned to our car windblown but happy as the late afternoon sun was sinking towards the horizon. We'd definitely recommend this walk, so many interesting things to see on the route. Fingers crossed we see more of the Autumnal sunshine before winter sets in!

Cheryl & Nick

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