There’s a place, along the South East Coast of Scotland, where the rocks have been folded in soft red layers. The folded rock has then been twisted and turned, until the layers lie at strange and unusual angles to the earth. Lying at the oceans edge these soft layers have then been washed and rubbed by countless tides, so that spaces have been scooped out of the solid rock. The results are visually stunning, so surprising that you can’t help stopping and staring, curious about what you’re seeing.
Some of the spaces are so large that you can climb inside the rocks and rest looking out across the ocean waves. Far away over the horizon lies Norway, and it’s snow frosted rocks, but here out of the wind it feels warm and safe. The pink sandstone has been eaten away by the wind and the waves, and all that’s left are curved smooth layers which seem to ripple under your touch.
Between the carved caves, unusual statues rise up into the sky, their faces searching the clouds for answers. Lying among the rippled layers are dragons and men from ages past. Preserved in the weathered sandstone they cast eternal eyes across the earth. In ages past men worshiped here, feeling the powerful forces which shaped the rocks, and which whispered secrets round the cave walls.
The sacred shapes are reflected in the still clear pools of salt water gathered at the rocks foot. The pools gathered gifts, offered with wishes to this powerful place. A salt water chalice, gathering dreams and hope, reflecting eternity back to us.
Just around the corner a secret cove lies hidden among the cliffs. The soft rocks have caves and tunnels hidden within their folds, and a secret path through the rocks themselves leads out and up towards the cliff top. Scattered beneath the layered rocks lie crumbled pieces, broken off long ago and polished by the rolling sea. You can sense the size of these cliffs by looking at the dogs exploring the pebble beach.
There is something magnificent and utterly grand about these cliffs, these deeply layered rocks, and their tunnels and caves. The scale leaves you feeling small, but the textures and shapes invite you in to explore. Hidden in small holes you’ll find rocks and shells, which roll eternally around the edges, making the holes a little larger with each passing tide. Hidden among the cracks you’ll find caves and dead ends with surprising scratches and angles, where sound bounces in strange shapes around you. It leaves the senses dazzled and stunned, this place of red layered rock. The whole process of shaping the earth is revealed here, among the timeless winds and waves, and their beautifully shaped stones.