We had a very special trip to the Bass Rock this weekend.
As our own pirate said – It was all about The Bass 21/04/2018
Lead by our queen for the day, North Berwick’s Jacque Turner we made for The Bass just as King James IV did in 1497 when he stayed a while at the castle there upon. We are a small fleet: 2 skiffs from North Berwick, 2 from Amble,one from nearby Dunbar,Jenny Skylark from Row Porty and Pascual from Chile.
We did not go ashore for fear of being imprisoned or perhaps even disturbing the 150 thousand gannets settling in for the summer. Instead we craned our necks looking up the 100m guano highlighted precipices and paused afloat to eat lunch with suncream smeared fingers. We dispersed on the way back each following their curiosity on a flat blue sea. That was our “crafty industry”. “Every thing that is in that crag is full of admiration and wonder.” said Hector Boece 1465–1536.
We also landed at the beach at Seacliff, squeezed into Seacliff harbour, rowed past Tantallon castle and back to North Berwick. The was flat calm and the wind stayed away, it was hot, 16C, and great company. A great start to the summer!