village sits in a very sheltered place for this area. The Berriedale and
Langwell waters meet at the end of a wooded valley where often deer can
be seen. The village itself has one street. Old fishing houses line the
shore. The beach is stony but sheltered by an outcrop of rock with the
ruined medieval castle nearby. Two towers were built to assist ships at
sea and are known as The Duke’s Candlesticks – after the Duke of
13 June 09
The Landmark Trust Launches Major Fund-Raising Campaign To Save Berriedale
Landmark Trust is a building preservation trust established
to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and their
surroundings from neglect. The trust is charity and raises funds
through donations. they then rent out the buildings they restore as
holiday homes to help pay for future upkeep. In 40 years The Landmark
Trust has rescued more than 200 buildings in the UK. The trust have
set an ambitious target of £600,000 for the restoration of the Berriedale
cottages but have already got £88,000 in the fund. Anyone can donate
to the project by several different means.
The Shore Cottages project at
Berriedale is bound to be of interest to anyone interested in Caithness
Heritage. The cottages are part of the fishing history of the county
a short film can be seen on the
Landmark Trust web site. The cottages were brought to the attention of the
Landmark Trust by retired history teacher David Brennan a native of
Caithness and they quote part of his letter to them in one of their
brochures now being distributed. David said, "The Shore Cottages at
Berriedale have formed a backdrop to so many happy memories over the years.
I was devastated to see how derelict they had become. Can you save them?"
Caithness is very lucky to have been selected by such a prestigious
organisation as the Landmark Trust and in years to come will surely
help put Berriedale on the map for visitors to Caithness.