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Dunbeath harbour itself was built about 1800 and in 1814 had 155 boats. At one time ice was cut in the river in winter and stored in the ice house at the harbour.
A very interesting walk(40 Pictures) can be taken from the old mill and many interesting features are to be found along the way. A leaflet is available at the Dunbeath Heritage centre describing the route and features.
The area is rich in wildlife and easily spotted are cormorant, shag, fulmar, puffin, eider duck, seals and otters. The strath also has a large numbers of deer although these are more timid and a bit of luck is required or lots of patience.
Heading north on the A9 road about half a mile will bring you to a very interesting croft museum run by local people called Llaidhay Croft Museum. This shows a croft from the eighteenth century and has house, byre and stables all under one roof. It is packed with artefacts donated by local people. A huge range of household items and farm implements can be seen.
Initiative At The Edge - SE Caithness