The Fallen Rocks.

Start. South Sannox.

Route. South Sannox - Sannox Burn - North Sannox Burn - Leac Gharbh - Fallen Rocks - Leac Gharbh - North Sannox Burn - Sannox Burn - South Sannox.

Notes. This was to be a wet one, one of those days when it's hard to distinguish the sea from the sky, although it started dry. We set off from South Sannox crossing the Sannox Burn by a splendid set of stepping stones, the path took us under low cliffs on land once washed by the sea, until progress was abruptly halted by the North Sannox Burn, a short walk upstream enabled us to cross with dry feet, then back to the coastal path, a mile and a half up the coast was the Fallen Rocks, a 300 year old landslide, between the North Sannox Picnic Sight and the rocks the rain started, this may have had something to do with the rather brisker pace on the return, and the short cut across the North Sannox Burn, well Sue was already halfway across when I got there, it was a bad idea, the last thing she said to me was "you'll never get those boots dry for tomorrow" as I squelched my way back to the car.

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Sue strides out across the Sannox Burn.

Looking to Glen Sannox and the hills that make up the spectacular Glen Sannox Horseshoe.

Cliffs once washed by the sea, most of this walk took us across land that was once at sea level, the evidence of a higher sea level was everywhere.

The Fallen Rocks, what remains of a 300 year old landslide.

I'd like to think there was more to the Fallen Rocks than meets the eye, take a closer look.

Sue just shelters from the rain, but you don't have to look very close to see the sandstone boulders are impregnated with round pebbles, like the kind found on beaches and river beds.

Could it be this cliff face and many more on the Island of Arran are the remains of Prehistoric beaches or river beds, perhaps a giant waterfall tumbling over cliffs thousands of feet higher than today, that's a Carlo theory, but it does paint a pretty picture

Looking back to the Fallen Rocks.

This pile of earth I thought was a ant hill is actually an early Bronze Age Burial Cairn, dated between 2,000-2,500 years BC.

Heading back to Sannox we passed this cliff face, again once washed by the sea, it's local name is the Blue Rock because of the pigments running out of the cliff face.

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