We saw an information sign for Fort Fiddes when leaving Pennan - so decided to follow the road (dirt track). The knowl is surrounded on three sides by water & joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land thus making it a perfect defence post. Cullykhan began its defence as a late bronze age refuge, later an iron age citadel then in 3,000 a pictish fort.
Stop a while and explore the hidden beauty of sea coast cliffs. These lovely ferns were growing high up on the cliff face. In harsh environments like this one I am always amazed at the sheer tenacity of plants & where they find a home to grow
Just loved the little old bridge spanning the tiny stream as it surfaced from the cliffs above then disappeared underground to make its way to the sea.
This was difficult to photograph as houses have been build in fornt of this lovely scene
The sea scapes are beautiful - always changing - but always enticing. The shore is shingle with very little sand & the sea can be quite rough in all seasons with a stiff breeze - so take a warm jacket & enjoy the salty air.
The houses are built facing the sea with cliffs behind them, all individualy named in a sea fairing tradition. Some houses are built with thegable ends facing the sea to provide some respite from the strong forces of the sea.
I couldn't find the telephone box at first but knew it was there somewhere - Pennan really is a tiny place. Ureka telephone box found - hiding behind a parked lorry!!
You might want to call home from here - just to report that you got down the torturously steep & narrow road without mishap.
If you saw the film, Local Hero made in 1983, you just might recognise this Hotel. The Pennan Inn has changed its colour back to white (after being a harsh shade of blue for a time) The white colour is much in keeping with the single row of houses in the village.
There used to be a lot of money in Banff when it was a commercial port. This house once belonged to a local merchant. Very pretty indeed.
Seagulls are fascinating & funny birds. So curious - they pick up almost anything on the quest for food. This one had a bottle cap which he examined very carefully then found a mouthfull of seaweed.