Ramscraigs - A Caithness Story

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

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Birch Trees Across the Dunbeath Water.JPG
Dunbeath Water In Flood512 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.
Coaching Inn at Milton Dunbeath421 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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Welcome to Dunbeath410 viewsThe road sign on the A9 welcoming travelers to the village of Dunbeath.
Dunbeath Harbor and Houses.JPG
Houses At Portormin on the Dunbeath Harbor395 viewsA row of houses lining the mouth of the Dunbeath water and the harbor.
Clais-Cairn Hill.JPG
Knockally House Dunbeath394 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.
Ballachy Farm393 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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The Laidhay Croft Museum378 viewsThis wonderful structure is a preserved Caithness "White House" at the Laidhay crofting museum north of Dunbeath.
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The Dunbeath Mill Under Renovation377 viewsThe historical mill on the Dunbeath water being restored in 2008. This fantastic work is being carried out by the preservation trust.
Sandstone Formation at Dunbeath375 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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Dunbeath Castle371 viewsAnother photo of the picturesque castle of the Dunbeath Estate
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Ruins of the Milton Inn, Dunbeath361 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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Sunrise on the Latheron Coast356 viewsThe coast near Latheron in Caithness with the sun rising through breaking storm clouds. The lighting on this stormy morning was fantastic.
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