Circles in the (Craigewan) sand

A talented North-east artist turned Peterhead’s Craigewan sands into a gigantic canvas at the weekend.

Dougie Bogie (52) from Aberdeen spent a couple of hours creating a magnificent lion design on Saturday at low tide.

The completed artwork from the best seat in the house - pilot Peter Bailey and photographer Gavin Thom doing the honours

The completed artwork from the best seat in the house - pilot Peter Bailey and photographer Gavin Thom doing the honours

While the artwork might be difficult to see from the shore itself, local pilot Peter Bailey and photographer Gavin Thom got airborne to capture the wonderful aerial shot shown here to commemorate the effort.

Invited up by Peterhead Project’s social regeneration officer Alex Geddes, Dougie was only too glad to make a return trip to the town in which he worked for a number of years.

On a beautiful clear day down at the sands he told us: “I worked in Peterhead at Turning Point as a project worker about five years ago, so it was nice to come back.”

Originally inspired by a New Zealand sand artist, Dougie has now completed more than 100 of his own designs on beaches as far afield as Collieston to Banff, Peterhead to Aberdeen.

Dougie Bogie from Aberdeen embarks on his Peterhead design on Saturday

Dougie Bogie from Aberdeen embarks on his Peterhead design on Saturday

Armed with his trusty flask of tea, a wooden pole and a rake, Dougie has rough ideas of what he wants to create, but admits the design evolves as he works on it.

Working flat out before the tide returns and obliterates the design, Dougie - who now works with Inspire - relies on partner Tracy and onlookers to capture the designs on film from a handy sand dune.

And it’s not only sand art that Dougie has a passion for - he’s a dab hand at rock balancing and takes a firewalk in his stride.

You can check out his work and other activities on Facebook at Unity Sand Art.

Commenting on Dougie’s epic effort, Alex Geddes told us: “ I would like to thank Dougie for taking the time to come through to Peterhead.

“His work was outstanding and I am determined to get him back through for other events in the future.

“I would also like to thank Peter and Gavin for flying up to get these wonderful pictures for us.”