Photographer's Note

This picture was taken from just a few hundred metres south of this one as the sun fell below the cliffs behind me. Here we are looking more or less due north from Seacliff beach and the island is the Bass Rock which lies about 2 kilometres offshore.

The Bass Rock (or simply the Bass) is is an island in the outer part of the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. It is a steep-sided volcanic rock, 107 metres (351 ft) at its highest point, and is home to a large colony of gannets, being the largest single rock gannetry in the World. The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit, and later was the site of an important castle, which was, after the Commonwealth, used as a prison. The Bass Rock features in numerous works of fiction, including Robert Louis Stevenson's Catriona and, interestingly, the lighthouse which you can see was actually built in 1902 by David Stevenson, cousin of the author: the Stevensons were a family of famous lighthouse builders in the 19th Century. The lighthouse is now no longer manned but controlled remotely from Edinburgh.

You can see from where I took this picture if you click on Map:view and, if you zoom out, you will be able to see the Bass Rock directly north of that point.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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