Saturday, 18 August 2018
Northern Holiday 2018, Post 4: Tysties at Portpatrick
I photographed the above sign at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse on a previous visit, but can't resist re-posting it as Tysties are among our favourite 'Scottish' birds. The term 'Tystie' apparently dates from the late 18th century, though its nordic origins go way back: it pretty much rhymes with 'feisty'.
We had been told that Portpatrick, on the east coast of the Rhins peninsula, was a traditional fishing cove, so we were eager to go and investigate. What a beautiful spot ... and with four Tysties in the harbour, splashing about in the evening sunshine.
I hope the photos below make you smile: we love to watch these charismatic seabirds!
We were just leaving the harbour to catch the sunset round the corner when we saw all four birds together: what a lovely sight!
It was a cool evening, but the sunset heralded yet another remarkably sunny day.