Day 325: Whaligoe to Borgue – Steps in the morning, bridge in the evening

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Caithness, Scotland

Date of walk: 11/8/2019

Whaligoe Steps I, Caithness, Scotland. Whaligoe is a small port which was prospected by Thomas Telford in 1786 during his tour of northern fishing harbours for the British Fishing Society. His judgement of the place was that it was a “terrible spot”. However, undaunted, Captain David Brodie spent £8 to cut the famous 330 steps. His confidence was rewarded in 1814 with the harbour supporting 14 herring boats. During the booming 1800s fisherwoman used to haul baskets of fish up the steps before they were taken on foot to be sold in Wick, 7 miles away.

Whaligoe Steps II, Caithness, Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps III, Caithness, Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps IV, Caithness, Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps V, Caithness, Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps VI, Caithness, Scotland.

Mid Clyth, Caithness, Scotland.

Mid Clyth graveyard I, Caithness, Scotland.

Mid Clyth graveyard II, Caithness, Scotland.

Lybster Harbour Lighthouse I, Caithness, Scotland.

Reisgill Burn I, Lybster, Caithness, Scotland.

Reisgill Burn II, Lybster, Caithness, Scotland.

Lybster Harbour Lighthouse II, Caithness, Scotland.

North Gotten, Forse, Caithness, Scotland.

Keep at Forse Castle, Caithness, Scotland.

Forse Castle, 14th or early 15th century, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour Bridge I, 18th century, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour Bridge II, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour Bridge III, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour Bridge IV, Caithness, Scotland.

Latheronwheel Harbour Bridge V, Caithness, Scotland.

Turnstile, Latheronwheel, Caithness, Scotland.

Dunbeath Harbour I, Caithness, Scotland.

Dunbeath Harbour II, Caithness, Scotland.

A mowed path – I could get used to this!

A floral rest stop.

Covering all bases.

It’s been a long day with much distance covered. One last task ⛺

Camp, Borgue, Caithness, Scotland.

Whaligoe Steps.
At the base of the Whaligoe Steps.
Climbing the Whaligoe Steps.
Approaching Forse Castle.
Dunbeath Harbour.
Very pretty but not designed for wearing a backpack 😂
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3 thoughts on “Day 325: Whaligoe to Borgue – Steps in the morning, bridge in the evening”

  1. I’ve seen film of Whaligoe steps being maintained and they do seem to be kept in very good condition. In older photographs they look very dodgy – but either way I don’t have enough of a head for heights to go down them. (Never even visited them, sadly.)

    • There was careful and skilled work being done when I was there. They are not as treacherous as it looks in photos.

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