coastal scenes

My series of East Coast scenes, from East Lothian to Fife.
Limited edition (50) mounted prints and cards are available for sale on Etsy. I’ve just set the shop up and aim to keep adding items gradually… Email hello@wylliecat.co.uk if you have any questions or requests.

Panoramas: 20″ x 11″ mounted.
Squares: large (50cm frame) or small (25cm frame).

The Bass Rock, a mile off the coast at Tantallon Castle, is home to more than 150,000 Gannets and is the largest single rock gannetry in the world. The scientific name for the Northern Gannet, Sula Bassana, honours the Bass and the gannets show their appreciation by painting the top white. The lower ledges of the rock are used by guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, puffins and gulls, not to mention seals.

Currently uninhabited, the rock’s history includes being settled by an early Christian hermit, hosting an fortress which became a prison for Covenanters, and the construction of a lighthouse in 1902.

John Muir beach in Dunbar. The conservationist John Muir was born in Dunbar in 1838, though he emigrated to the States where he’s probably better known! His campaigning to preserve wilderness resulted in the world’s first National Park system.

Tantallon Castle, a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress near North Berwick is one of my favourite local castles – great for views and a sense of drama. Built by the Douglas family, they managed to keep it in the family for generations in spite of relentless seiges (James IV and James V both had a go).

Naturally, I snuck the Bass Rock in – any excuse – and, since it was originally created for the 2013 East Lothian Council christmas card, a pink-footed goose flying home for Christmas.

North Berwick Law and FoxTraprain Lawherring gull in Portobello

North Berwick Law and Fox in Snow | Traprain Law in Gold Light | Herring Gull in Portobello.


Bell Rock Lighthouse, built by Robert Stevenson between 1807 and 1811, is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse.

Sitting 11 miles off the coast of Arbroath in the North Sea, the rock was famous for shipwrecks, being hidden below the surface of the sea for all but a few hours at low tide. Construction was challenging (so much so that it featured in a BBC documentary as one of the seven industrial wonders of the world) but no accidents have been recorded since the first light was emitted in February 1811. The lighthouse has been automated since 1988.

Fidra, 2.5 miles north-west of North Berwick, is now an RSPB reserve. Its grassy slopes and cliffs are home to small populations of guillemots, razorbills, gulls and puffins. Robert Louis Stevenson often visited the area and it is claimed he based his map of Treasure Island on the shape of Fidra.

The distinctive twin chimneys of Cockenzie power station dominated the coast line of East Lothian until the 26th of September, when they were dramatically demolished for an audience of thousands! Opened in 1967, the 1,200 megawatt station ceased generating energy on 15 March 2013.

The site was formerly Preston Links Colliery but is also believed to have been the hiding place of General Jonnie Cope after the defeat of his army at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.