The Moat

Rocks & Sloughs
Findon Ness
Doo Cove
Pow Kebbuck
Arnot Boo
Findon Shore
Mouth of Findon Burn
Muckle Shore
May Craig
Peel Slough
Ladies Swim Pool
Tam's Chair
Black Slough
Dead Man's Hole
Ship's Stern
Land Crag
Buckie Loan
Portlethen Shore
Stinking Haven
Cuckoo Island
Giant Head Rocks
The Neighbours
The Moat
Harley Hacket
Englishman's Neuks
Tam Milne's Shore
Donald's Delvings
Ram Stone
Meggie Glennie's
Little Broad Shore
Meikle Broad Shore
Braid Hailen
Through Gang Point
Herring Hole
Yellow Tappie
Lang Crag
Strathfresh Rocks
The Banks
Cammachmore Bay
Knaps of Downies
Craig Lonny
Downies Haven
Berrymuir Head
A Postscript on Rocks

Located directly next to the big rock of Craigmarroin at a distance of twenty yards or so southwest and stretching for approximately 200 yards in a generally southerly direction is The Moat. There are a few different names applied to this area however the Moat is the one most commonly used by the locals that are working with any creels.  

The sheltered area inside the Moat is probably the best spot for miles around for catching lobsters, however it can be a challenge to place creels here because of the problems of gaining access by boat and it’s only advisable to attempt it in the calmest of seas.  

At high tide one challenge is to avoid buses (most of the rocks are underwater or nearly underwater at high tide) and the other challenge is to find exactly where the best creels spots are.

At low tide the challenge is to gain entrance because the mouth of the moat is surrounded by a thick bush of tangles (kelp) that are above the surface of the sea, and additionally, at low tide there are a series of large boulders that you have to pick your way through to get access.

I guess you are beginning to see where the name “moat” comes from – it is a well protected stretch of water and very nearly becomes one large pool when the lowest spring tides arrive. 

The other name that I’ve seen used in respect to this area is “The Mouches” however I suspect that this may actually apply to the tangle and boulder strewn entrance to the Moat.