Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

The history, genealogy and folklore of the Henderson family of Ramscraigs, Berriedale and Dunbeath, Caithness


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Ballachy Farm304 viewsLooking at the Ballachly farm on the Dunbeath Strath. The location of an early Christian holy site may have been situated on this land, according to local legend. This is frequently referred to as the "House of Peace".
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Coaching Inn at Milton Dunbeath340 viewsThis is the ruins of the coach inn at Dunbeath (Milton) along the track of the old road. It lies some distance up the Strath from the track of the current road near the old Dunbeath mill
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Dunbeath Castle291 viewsAnother photo of the picturesque castle of the Dunbeath Estate
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Dunbeath Castle From The Harbor283 viewsA view of the Dunbeath castle from the harbor. Perched on the cliff face above a stormy north sea, it sometimes reminds me of descriptions of the Castle of the Atriedes on Caladan from Dune.
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Dunbeath Heritage Centre264 viewsThe Dunbeath Heritage Centre is situated in the former one room school house for the village of Dunbeath. It houses a research team and many important artifacts and historical documents of the area.
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Dunbeath Heritage Trail265 viewsThe Dunbeath heritage trail in it's fall spendor. This well maintained trail follows the river back into the headlands of the Caithness flow country, passing an iron age broach as well as the site of the "House of Peace"
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Dunbeath Water In Flood429 viewsThe picturesque Dunbeath Water swollen with rain after a storm. Note the stand of birch trees to the left which are mentioned in many of Neil M. Gunn's stories about Dunbeath and Caithness.
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Houses At Portormin on the Dunbeath Harbor317 viewsA row of houses lining the mouth of the Dunbeath water and the harbor.
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Knockally Coast270 viewsThe coast of Caithness looking down from the heights above Knockally.
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Knockally House Dunbeath315 viewsWe think this could have been Angus Henderson's (son of James of Rhian) house on Knockally road in Dunbeath. This is the ruins of a traditional Caithness house, and when it was in proper shape would have been painted white with a thatched roof.
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Low Tide At Dunbeath254 viewsLow tide reveals the inclined sandstone layers that are common along the Caithness coast
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Rapids on the Dunbeath Water256 viewsDuring the October 2008 visit, there was a string of storms that swept Scotland bringing snow to the hills of Caithness and filling the rivers with flood.
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