Caithness Field Club


Chairman - Geoff Leet          Tel: 01847 89 6989
Secretary - Marion Owen,    9 Tormsdale Place, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8PZ    Tel: 01847 89 2999
Treasurer - Elizabeth Rintoul     Tel: 01955 602168
Editor -       Ken Butler          Tel: 01847 89 3549
Committee Members          Calum McKenzie, Myra Wilson, Jennifer Bruce, Philip Brown


 

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Some reports from outings

Constitution of Caithness Field Club

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2014

Tuesday 8 April – A.G.M. at Castletown 7.30pm

9-12 May – Club Weekend – Kyle – fully booked.

Sunday 25 May – A walk at Berriedale – “
Take the high road and the low” Cars will be parked at the bottom of south Braes Berriedale (former bottling company car park) Jenny to lead – leaving Thurso train station 10.00am and Wick 10.15 meeting 11.00am.

Sunday 15 June –
Calum to lead – a walk in Strath Naver – Skelpick/Rhiafail Leaving Wick train station 9.00am meeting Thurso 9.30.

Saturday 21 June –
An evening walk to Cnoc na Maranaich, hopefully to see the Summer solstice – Geoff to lead. Leaving from train stations Thurso 7.30pm and Wick 7.45 Meeting at Dunbeath Harbour.

Wednesday 23 July –
A mid week walk - Ken to organise a mini motorcade – Kirtomy to maybe Bettyhill – A botany outing. Leaving Wick train station 9.30am meeting Thurso 10.00.

Tuesday 12 August –
An evening walk from Ken along the shore at Thurso East hoping to find the Alpine Thistle. Leaving Wick train station 6.30pm meeting Thurso 7.00.

Sunday 24 August –
A local walk from Tony Bradford - Thurso’s Western Orbital Walk. This is a voyage of Discovery! Taking in Lintie’s pool, old and new Wolfburn distilleries, Burnside, Victoria Walk, Esplanade, Harbour, Riverside, Juniper Bank and Dunbar Hospital. The walk is about 6 miles but short cuts may be taken. Leaving Wick train station 9.30am meeting at Richard’s garage Thurso approximately 10.00am.

Sunday 7 September –
A walk for Archaeology month – Learable Hill – Geoff to lead. Leaving train stations Thurso 9.30am and Wick 9.45 meeting at the Helmsdale toilets.

Sunday 26 October –
In search of salmon at Braemore. Geoff to lead. Leaving Wick and Thurso train stations 10.00am meeting at the telephone box at the end of the Braemore Road approximately 10.45

I spoke to Malcolm Bremner today about the possibility of a sail from Wick. He suggested Saturday 5 or 19 July obviously it is weather dependent and won’t be advertised in advance . This would be limited to 16 passengers – members only - 8 in the morning and 8 after lunch. Members would have to signify their interest to Marion 01847 892999, who would then phone around perhaps the previous day until we had the requisite number.

NON-MEMBERS WELCOME.( SORRY – NO DOGS!) PLEASE WEAR SUITABLE CLOTHING AND BRING A PACKED LUNCH . EVERYONE COMES AT THEIR OWN RISK. WE NORMALLY MEET AT WICK AND THURSO TRAIN STATIONS. THE COMMITTEE SUGGESTS THAT MEMBERS SEEKING LIFTS IN OTHER CARS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE COST OF PETROL.

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7 July 08
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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23 April 07
Caithness Field Club Outing To Brora and Golspie
On 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

21 January 07
Rumster Forest
Field 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
1991 Bulletin Added
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
Caithness 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.
 

23 April 06
Bus Trip To Durness
Photos 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.

14 June 05
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. 

6 April 05
AGM 2005
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.

For Earlier Items See Archive Section

The Caithness Field Club has members from all over Caithness with many different backgrounds and interests.  Many of the members are keenly interested in Local History, Archaeology, Geography, Natural History, Palaeontology and other topics.  The Members lead walks and are available to answer questions on the many outings organised throughout the year.  In the winter months indoor activities include lectures, talks, slide shows on a wide range of topics. 

The Caithness Field Club has been publishing bulletins since 1973 with articles covering many aspects of Caithness/Scottish history, geography, wildlife and many other subjects.  Click here for the Bulletins Index.

Links
Inverness Field Club
Orkney Field Club
Scheduled Monuments
Canmore Database - Canmore is the window into the RCAHMS database - Information on almost all of Scotland's archaelogical sites - See Also RCAHMS Links List for many more sources.  RCHAMS Photo Stream On FlickR
Am Baile - Highland History and Culture - web site of Highland council - See Also Am Baile Links Lists
Links On Caithness.org
Caithness Museums and Visitor Centres
Google Maps - Zoom in on Caithness in Map, Satellite or Terrain View - amazing detail
A - Z of Caithness for photos and specific links to Google Maps and more.