Mudlarking, moving lighthouses and the Viking battle that never was at Buddon Ness

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Barry Buddon

Today we visit the beach at Barry Buddon before traveling to the mouth of the River Tay, at Buddon Ness. If you remember, a few weeks ago we were warned to turn back from this area - today the red flag is down and we can walk along the beach and even explore the army training camp! We get caught out by the burn (small river) running across the beach at Barry Buddon, so we take the car to drive along to Barry Buddon Training Camps, which we have to cross to get to the a pair of lighthouses that once marked safe passage into the river. These days, Buddon Ness high hosts a radar, which measures and maps wave movements - perhaps ironically, the lighthouses are no longer in use because of shifting sandbanks caused by the current here at the mouth of the river.

We travel on to the town of Carnoustie where Craig takes a look at a battle that is said to have taken place between the Scots and Vikings, here in 1010. These days, much doubt has been cast upon the notion that such a battle took place, so we weigh up the evidence.

Last time we were in these parts, we found a wonderful blue bottle, today, we find a brown bottle - its just as nice and in remarkable condition too! Its a lovely find! Among our other finds is a strange piece of pottery - can you help us to identify it?


The sheer amount of plastic at Buddon Ness is saddening, but we are a little relived to encounter a group of people out for a day of beach cleaning! We salute you!


Photo Credits
Cropped and adapted version of File:Mercian Supremacy x ; showing the largest extent of Mercia. Originally based on a map in Hill, 'An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England'

Rushton2010 based on Hel-hama

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Carnoustie in Angus | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through : Date accessed: 08th September 2020


Carnoustie High Street, looking West towards the Cross.
The Camus Cross, circa 9th/10th century Pictish Cross

Catfish Jim and the soapdish at English Wikipedia

1899. Detail from William Hole's painting The Battle of Largs
William Hole
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh


1870 Le comte Eudes défend Paris contre les Normands
Jean Victor Schnetz
Public Domain

1826 Battle of Clontarf
Hugh Frazer
PD

1859 Olav den helliges fall i slaget på Stiklestad
Peter-Nicolai Arbo
PD

1870 Harald Hårfagre i slaget ved Hafrsfjord
Ole Peter Hansen Balling
PD

Viking age Stone
Historiska museet


1901 Overseas Guests
Nicolas Roerich
PD

Danes about to invade England. From "Miscellany on the life of St. Edmund" from the 12th century
PD

19th C. Viking Ships besieging Paris
PD

1898 Wilhelm Wetlesen: Illustration for Harald Hardrådes saga, Heimskringla 1899-edition.
PD

Photo of the St Andrew's Sarcophagus.
Deacon of Pndapetzim


Aberlemno Serpent Stone. Class I Pictish stone
Catfish Jim and the soapdish at English Wikipedia


Nilfanion, created using Ordnance Survey data
Blank map of Angus,

Mike Pennington / Guisers at Uyeasound Up Helly Aa /
The Burning Galley
The Procession
Ann Burgess


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Social Distancing: Although we would love to take you further afield, we will have to wait until we are allowed to do so. At present, we are following guidance to only travel short distances, remain local, and adhere to social distancing recommendations. We are very fortunate to live in the Kingdom of Fife where places like Kirkcaldy, with its vast beach front, are on our doorstep and are seldom visited by any more than a handful of people at any time.
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