Benny Beg and the Elie Chain Walk

The last two days we’ve had frosty starts then excellent sunny days with cool easterly or south-easterly breezes in the Central Belt of Scotland; great conditions for the Falkirk Outdoors Kids Easter Programme.

Great conditions for the Elie Chain Walk.

On Wednesday we were out climbing at Benny Beg and today we did the Elie Chain Walk in Fife.

Coasteering and Elie Chainwalk

Out with John, Mike and Craig coasteering and doing sections of the Elie Chainwalk today. It was the last day of four with groups from George Heriot’s School doing a variety of activities. Another good day with the groups engaging well and getting a lot out of the session. Thanks to Alex and Mike for their organisation, which helped make the days run smoothly.

A photo of coasteering at Elie on a different day. The swell was considerably bigger today.

Coasteering

Mike, Craig, Steve and I were out coasteering near Elie in Fife today with a couple of groups from George Heriot’s School. There was a sizable swell, but the venue has some good sheltered areas, which combined with doing some sections of the Elie Chain Walk worked well today.

Old photo of coasteering near Elie as I didn’t have my camera out with me today.

Coasteerring, Climbing and Bonfires on the Beach

This week I have been out with my nephews coasteering at Elie, climbing at Blackford and toasting marshmallows on the edge of the Forth. It was great to get the boys outdoors and enjoying some activities.

Bonfire on the beach.

Bonfire on the beach.

Coasteering, Gorge Walking and Rock Climbing

I spent last week working for Falkirk Community Trust on their excellent Summer Programme for kids.

Nigel on a typical Kirkton Burn gorge walk.

Nigel on a typical Kirkton Burn gorge walk.

During the week I was out with groups on The Chain Walk and Coasteering at Elie; gorge walking near Balquhidder and at Muiravonside and rock climbing at Traprain Law.

Typical Traprain Law climbing.

Typical Traprain Law climbing.

Elie Chain Walk

Out on the Elie Chainwalk again today with another group from the City of Edinburgh Council Summer Programme. The sun shone and we avoided the heavy localised showers, which made for a great day. We bumped in to a group from The Low Port Centre, West Lothian, who looked to be having fun coasteering the same section of cliff.

Elie Chain Walk

Out today in Fife on the Elie Chain Walk with a group from The City of Edinburgh Council Summer Programme. The chain walk is currently the closest Scotland has to a via ferrata, although an easy one. If you’re doing it for the first time, it’s definitely worth checking tide times as it would be fairly easy to get cut off on some sections as the tide comes in. 

Typical scenery on the Elie Chain Walk with a chain visible in the notch

Typical scenery on the Elie Chain Walk with a chain visible in the notch

Elie Chain Walk

A day on the Elie Chain Walk again today with Cameron and a group fron the Edinburgh Council Easter Programme. Beautiful sunny weather with a light North-Easterly wind. The views across to snowy hills in the Lothians were great again. The rock was dry and warm and I’d guess climbing on the Hawkcraig at Aberdour would have been excellent today.

Elie Chain Walk

Out on the Elie Chain Walk in Fife today with a group from the Edinburgh Council Easter Programme. The Chain Walk is a mini via ferrata along the sea cliffs and takes in some excellent scenery and geology. It’s worth checking tide times before doing the walk as it would be possible to be become stranded. The views across the Forth to the snowy Lammermuirs, Moorfoots and Pentlands were excellent today and the rock was dry.