Special Places

Scoughall Beach by Gordon McKinlay
Scoughall Beach, a photo by Gordon McKinlay on Flickr.

We have been leading SU holidays at Scoughall in East Lothian for a number of years. In fact we have been leading SU holidays for well over thirty years and are getting to the point where we need to think about whether we should still be doing this. That is for another day, however.

The site at Scoughall is on farmland between North Berwick and Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland. The field where the tents are pitched leads down to the most beautiful beach (as you can hopefully see from the photo). If it is quiet you will spot hare and deer as well as countless rabbits, house martins, herons and the like.

This is a very special place. Every time we go back to the site I am struck by something that is unique about it. We were back at Scoughall last Friday to celebrate 60 years of the site being used for SU holidays. It would appear that I am not the only one to think this.

Although it is a beautiful spot and one that is not often found by passers by I don’t think it the physical beauty that makes Scoughall special. The place is full of memories. I can tell you stories of what has happened here. These are not dramatic epics. They are, however, life changing. Stories that tell of lives turned around, of commitment, inspiration, dedication and transformation.

Scoughall has seen many thousands of people spend time there. They have laughed and cried together. They have had fun and done things they might never have thought possible anywhere else. There are many people who think that this is a special place. I, for one, am very grateful for that.