Sunday, January 15, 2017

Epiphany at Seacliff - Brian Lavelle

“A singular way to ensure you have the Scottish coastline to yourself is to venture there on a wet and windswept weekday at ‘just the worst time of the year’; more so if you visit a part of the shore of which few are aware…”

A wonderfully evocative account of a wintry visit to a remote, ruin-haunted shore, by Edinburgh sound and place explorer Brian Lavelle, with reflections on Epiphany and the lore of the magi, and an encounter made chillier still by memories of “'Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad'”.

Image: © Brian Lavelle 2017


  1. Thanks very much for putting up a post about this, Mark. There's more to come!

  2. What a wonderful, evocative essay by Brian Lavelle! Besides being Epiphany, January 6 is the presumed birthday of Sherlock Holmes, so it's doubly appropriate that it should be for him aay of reflection and discovery. As it happens, the annual meeting of The Baker Street Irregulars fell precisely on the 6th during a cold weekend in New York. --md

    1. Thank you very much, Michael! I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. I didn't know of the Holmesian anniversary - another connection that could easily have found its place in my post.

  3. The East Lothian landscape is lovely, indeed. So much Saxon, Scottish, and Celtic British history dotted around the land.