Thursday, 27 October 2011

Auchengill and its monuments to the past

Although the Caithness coast line has little in the way of sea lochs to explore, it certainly has lots of interesting nooks and crannies breaking up the vertical cliff line, like this one at Auchengill, Nybster.

There are three stone monuments at this site, one which commemorates Sir Frances Trees Barry who excavated the near by Broch ( A stone age castle) Another is believed to commemorate the highland clearances and the third ? Well it is anyone’s guess what it commemorates.

A path leads down to a hidden cove with an abandoned pier, and ruined fisherman’ cottage built from Caithness Slabs. Round the corner in another sheltered cove is a lovely sandy beach and like most of Scotland’s coast, the water is crystal clear but very cold.

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