Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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


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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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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 It houses a research team and many important artifacts and historical documents of the area.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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Silver Darlings270 viewsI get to hold a plate of freshly caught herring in front of an old sail powered herring boat awaiting restoration at the Dunbeath Heritage Centre.
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The Neil Gunn Memorial In Dunbeath245 viewsA photo of the state of Kenn and his salmon from the book "Highland River" by Neil M. Gunn. This bronze statue is at the mouth of the Dunbeath water. Locals tell me that the fish is not nearly big enough.
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Knockally Coast270 viewsThe coast of Caithness looking down from the heights above Knockally.
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Sunrise On The Caithness Coast258 viewsAnother photograph of the scenic coastline of Caithness with the sun rising through stormy skies
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The Latheron Coast253 viewsThe view south from Latheron showing the hills of southern Caithness covered in snow late October 2008
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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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Ruins of the Milton Inn, Dunbeath284 viewsThe old stage coach stop at Milton on the Dunbeath strath. This was once a stop along the old road in the day when a horse drawn stage was the best way north to Wick or south the Helmsdale
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Rhian Farm Ruins264 viewsThe ruins of one of the outbuildings at Rhian, south of Dunbeath in Caithness. Rhian was the home base for the Hendersons of this area during the early 1800s. The original highland blackhouse which stood on this site was salvaged for dressed stone to make the modern house (named Rhian) on this land.
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Sandstone Formation at Dunbeath297 viewsThis photo shows the geology of the Caithness coast, with it's multiple strata of sandstone eroded by the relentless pounding of the sea. This "face in the cliffs" is just south of the Dunbeath castle.
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