Here lies a pebble beach and an oasis amidst the wildness of the surrounding coast, and on a summerís day an ideal location for a picnic and some swimming. Back in the 1980ís this place wasnít quite so welcoming because the waste and offal from the meat factory in Portlethen used to spill out from an outfall near Findon Burn at the north of this bay Ė to say that the sea was often blood red in this vicinity was no exaggeration.
Muckle Shore is under private ownership and was re-landscaped in the 1990ís so that a road leads down from the top of the shore directly onto the beach. After many years of no additional work being carried out the shore has reclaimed some of its wildness and is being rediscovered by nature and, in my opinion, is looking good.
In days of yore a salmon coble worked from this shore and a slipway ran from the grassy banks down towards the low water mark on the north side of the beach however there is virtually nothing left now to indicate that this was once the site of a fishing station. Additionally a small house or bothy could be found at the bottom of the grassy slopes at the north end of the beach and there were three buildings centrally placed that were used to store the nets and other equipment associated with salmon fishing. Nothing of these buildings remain today although all of them were still in place in the 1960ís and it wasnít until a decade later that natural neglect and vandalism caused them to fall into disrepair and ultimate destruction. The only indicator that fishing activity took place in this shore is one remaining wall at the head of the shore, this wall was part of a winch house.
Additionally itís worth noting the group of square anti-tank blocks at the top of the north end of the bay, these are made out of concrete and have stones set on top for camouflage. Their presence here is a sure sign that Muckle Shore was identified as a potential landing area for enemy machinery during World War II.
I believe that this is still a privately owned beach but having talked to the present owner in the past he seemed happy for the locals to share and visit this sheltered piece of coast. There has been talk of a private house being built there and/or the area being used as a private shooting range however I believe that most of that was down to rumour and gossip and it doesnít look likely that anything is going to change in this place any time soon.
Article on Pollution at Muckle Shore from 1991.
Some photographs of the pollution pouring into Broadhaven Bay/Muckle Shore 1991.