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Balmerino, North Fife

Heavenly Bodies, Devil’s Stone

Time and forces at play along the shore of Balmerino, North Fife. First seen as part of ‘High Water’ event by on Tuesday 30th March- the highest tide of the year.

On OS maps, the stone is called ‘Sampson’s Pebble’ and is recognised as a glacial erratic.

In reality, the rock was dropped by Satan, while he attempted to destroy a new church being built over the river. The first stone he threw fell in the bay at Invergowrie, the second fell as Dundee Law. Both missed; in disgust, he dropped the third and turned away to go about his business with the citizens of Fife.

Gair & Sine Dunlop

This page is part of Coastal Knowledge, an online exhibition mapping some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland.  It includes pictures, memories, artworks, stories and videos submitted by a variety of people including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations.  We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland- for example, its many industrial roles.

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