On the way up to Aberdeen last weekend we stopped off at St Cyrus beach. I had promised the boys a beach day and I remembered how gorgeous St Cyrus was from a university field trip and thought it would be perfect.
What I didn’t bank on was the wind! It was what is officially known as ‘high winds’, which is a strange term when you think about it? Anyway, the wind was rather strong and kept blowing sand all over us, but we still managed to have a lot of fun running in and out of the sea in bare foot and even found some shelter behind some driftwood structures.
People had built the driftwood into makeshift dens and there were several scattered down the coastline. I personally didn’t find them that effective when sat inside, but on the opposite side to the wind they worked quite well.
The lack of wind meant we could actually feel a little warm again as it was perfectly sunny and a balmy 17 degrees. Which it really didn’t feel like outside the sheltered area! The kids had great fun tying ropes to sticks and dragging them around the sand, whilst daddy jumped off big sticks.
St Cyrus NNR
St Cyrus is an important National Nature Reserve with plenty of wildlife and plantlife to discover. When I visited many moons ago it was for the interesting flora that has adapted to the harsh conditions beside the sea. We did manage to see some butterflies on the dunes and a variety of bird species. So I imagine it would be even better on a calmer day.
You can apparently see seals and even dolphins and whales just offshore of St Cyrus, so don’t forget to bring binoculars if you visit.
We also had a look in the visitor centre, which had some great displays. But most importantly for the 3 year old there was a fish tank with a couple of fish, a crab, anemone and a starfish. There are also toilets available at the visitor centre.
I love the name Madsurf Madsurf and it’s a fantastic Scottish brand who make gorgeous t-shirts and hoodies with active themed slogans. Both boys have recently received ‘love the sea’ t-shirts, although you won’t see any pictures of littlest wearing his here as he kept his jumper and jacket firmly on at the beach. Unlike his big brother who didn’t need much encouragement to show off his t-shirt!
Madsurf have a range of t-shirts, hoodies, Hi Viz vests, kit bags and folders. Although I personally love the hoodies the best, maybe because I get chilly like my 3 year old! I can see the ‘Magically Awesome‘ range, featuring a unicorn design being particularly popular. I know my littlest would love it too, especially the hoodie with the word ‘awesome’ up the sleeve!
However, don’t think that the kids get all the fun. Madsurf have started an adults range too with a variety of inspiring slogan sweatshirts. I love the ‘Laugh, Loud’ design (although secretly want a Magically Awesome hoodie in my size!).
Madsurf also support some great charities by donating money to fantastic charities including The Wave Project and Beach Wheelchairs North Berwick. I love it when businesses use some of their profits to support local charities!
Head over to the Madsurf website to see more great designs and support a great small business.
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