Trip to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

An Eccentric Anomaly: Ed Davies's Blog

This morning Karen Munro tweeted:

2 large whales spotted blowing in Sinclairs Bay, near Wick today, I am stuck at work car-less. Really hoping someone gets an ID on them

By the time I read that, about an hour later, it was a bit of a long shot but, still, I needed to get out for a while so I went up to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe which is on the north coast of the little peninsular sticking out from Wick past its airport forming the southern boundary of Sinclairs Bay, at the end of the footpath shown here on OpenStreetMap. (Memo to self, go back and map the car park and castle.)

The weather was lovely for the time of year. A pretty chilly breeze but bright sunshine with just a touch of haziness. Annoyingly my pocket camera's lens keeps sticking, it only works when the batteries have just been charged, so I only had my phone camera hence some “lonely sea and the sky” pictures. At least the horizon slant is reasonably consistent between them.

The lighthouse (Noss Point?) to the east.

Bet those sediments took a while to lay down. Doesn't show the whitecaps, though.

Hmmm, probably needs a bit more insulation:

Nope, it's just a rock. The sea looks a lot calmer here than it actually was, though.

Would have been great to see some whales but it was good just to get out for a while.