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Outing To Grianan, Loch Hakel Near Tongue
Caithness Field Club members travelled to Lochan Hakel or Hakoin and
then by a small rubber dingy on to an islet some 50 metres from the
edge to see a small fort called 'Grianan'. The fort is
reputed to have been a hunting lodge of the king of Norway
(1217 - 63) after whom the Loch is named. The walls are 6 - 7
feet thick and up to 5 ft high. The single room measures 19
by 22ft. There are no signs of doors or windows and the door
may have been higher up originally. The weather on the day
was misty and later rain on the way back round the loch.
A cup and ring stone can be found opposite the islet and has 34 cup
marks and 11 of them have rings round them.
The group eat their lunch on the islet and stopped of at the Bettyhill
hotel for coffee before returning home.
Geoff Leet and Bill Fernie paddled the boat the length of the loch to
the island whilst the others walked round. Geoff and Callum
paddled back whilst Bill and the others walked round the other shore
back to the cars.
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Caithness Field Club Outing To Brora and Golspie
Sunday 22nd April 2007 Caithness Field Club members went on day trip to
Brora and Golspie. At Brora a local historian showed them
round the Salt Pans area of Back Beach, Brora and described how the
coal was used in the making of salt. Various features at the beach were
noted and long the way spots of interest were pointed out. Buildings at
the beach have in recent years become visible once again due to coastal
erosion - they had been covered in sand dunes long ago. Lunch
was taken at the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora before the group boarded
the bus to the next stop and walked along the picturesque Big Burn to
the waterfall at the end. For more information on history in
Brora see www.clyneheritage.com
Club members set out on their first walk of 2007 on beautiful morning
with the sun shining. The small amount of now was crisp
underfoot and made ideal conditions for walking along the tracks of the
forest. the forest has a large number of long houses and some are
easily visible at the old crofting village of Golsary. Many
of the houses were lived in until 1947 when it was all taken over for
forestry. At Golsary a broch sits behind on of the
houses. One of the houses also has a fine example of a drying
kiln. The walkers also took quick look at the burnt out
remains of the Rumster Outdoor Centre that had been unused for some
years and was burnet down in 2006. The walk that was just
over 4 miles took about 2and a half hours and members made it back to
the cars just as the first icy rain of the day made an
appearance - perfect timing.
16 November 06
With the ongoing help of Janet Mackenzie we are now heading for the
last couple of Bulletins to complete the full set since publication
began in 1973. We also apologise that 1994 was previously
wrongly listed as 1991. This error has now been rectified.
11 November 06
Caithness Field Club Dinner
Field Club members met for their annual dinner at the Pentland Hotel,
Thurso on Friday night. chairman Geoff Leet introduced Lord
Lieutenant Anne Dunnet as the guest speaker.
Bus Trip To Durness
mainly taken through the bus window but very clear for all
that. Some outside at various places stopped off along the
way. Photos will be posted as time allows in coming weeks.
The Coast From Wick To Lybster - A Fantastic Trip At This Time Of Year
The Caithness Field Club hired the boat Freedom from
Freedom Charters on Sunday and went along the coast from Wick
to Lybster. the group split into to groups and one lot
travelled to Lybster and the group organised folk to drive cars back to
wick for the folk coming the other way on the return. What a
fabulous trip it is at this time of year with hundreds of thousands of
sea birds nesting along the coast.
At the AGM a good turn out. The same committee was
re-elected for the coming year. Myra Wilson showed some
slides and Geoff Leet ran fun competition testing the skills of the
audience in identifying some features from buildings around the
county. It was confirmed that the club weekend is fully
booked but members who want to can leave their name with Marion in case
of a cancellation.
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