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A walk up the strath
Sunday 17 December 2000

Dunbeath Heritage Trail Web Site

Mary Legg, Highland Council Ranger organised the last walk of the year up the Dunbeath strath.  What a magnificent day it turned out to be.  Frosty but dry and sunny.  A walk up the strath from 10.00am until about 3.00pm just about took in the best of the daylight.  The sun shone all day.  The group saw the goats from the Dunbeath flock and were not sure if these were the ones that got away.  A herd of red deer was spotted not too far away. 
The hazel trees had just about dropped the crop for this year and the ground was strewn with nuts.  Mary pointed out the lichens on the trees and was quick to spot a raven passing by.  She also saw a heron on its way to the sea.
The group went up to the Dunbeath Broch and ventured inside to see for them selves.  The cemetary seemed remote although it is still used occasionally.  Cairns from 2000 years ago and more recent settlements from the eighteenth century are all empty.  Indeed we only saw a couple of people over the day.  Small Tree Creepers were spotted feeding in a Beech Tree.
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The Old Bridge
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The Mill at start of walk

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Looking upriver at start

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One of several wooden Bridges

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Dunbeath Broch

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Dunbeath Broch Information

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Checking the Broch

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Trees behind broch

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Looking down river from Broch

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