Day 334: Gallow Hill to Fortrose – McFarquhar’s Bed & Rosemarkie Man’s Cave

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Ross-shire - West, Scotland

Date of walk: 22/8/19

GSF Monarch & Baug Jack-Up Rigs tower above Cromarty with Invergordon in the distance, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Well-Safe Guardian a semi-submersible rig optimised for well decommissioning operations, Nigg, Cromarty Firth, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Semi-submersible & Jack-Up Rig in the Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Arch at McFarquhar’s Bed I, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Stack at McFarquhar’s Bed, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Arch at McFarquhar’s Bed II, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Cave at McFarquhar’s Bed, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

After the harvest, Cromarty Mains, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rocks painted with lichen by the Moray Firth I, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Barley by the Moray Firth I, Cromarty Mains, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rocks painted with lichen by the Moray Firth II, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Barley by the Moray Firth II, Cromarty Mains, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rocks painted with lichen by the Moray Firth III, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Oilseed rape ready for harvest by the Moray Firth, Cromarty Mains, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rocks painted with lichen by the Moray Firth IV, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The Moray Firth from Eathie Fishing Station, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The bothy at Eathie Fishing Station I, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The bothy at Eathie Fishing Station II, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The bothy at Eathie Fishing Station III, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The bothy at Eathie Fishing Station IV, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rocks painted with lichen by the Moray Firth V, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Striped pebble on Rosemarkie Bay, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

One of nineteen Rosemarkie Beach Caves some of which were inhabited since 300BC, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Exterior of Smelters’ Cave (Learnie 2B), Evidence of use in early medieval times ~ approx. 640-764 AD and in more recent times, by travellers in 19th century, possibly shoemakers. In 2016, members of the Rosemarkie Cave Project found the remains of a man who died around 600 AD. He was a powerfully built 30 year old and his skull was brutally smashed. He has been named Rosemarkie Man and may have been royalty. Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Interior of Smelters’ Cave (Learnie 2B) Burial place of the Pictish Rosemarkie Man, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Shoreline rock-form, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Fort George across the Moray Firth from Rosemarkie Bay. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Cairds’ Cave (The Tinkers’ Cave). Samples of charcoal and animal bone found in the bottom layers of the floor were carbon-dated and showed that the cave had been in use in 300 BC. Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

It’s rare that I get a table and something to sit on for lunch (and no that’s not my sock!)

X Marks the Spot at Eathie Fishing Station.

Through the barley fields beside the Moray Firth.
The bothy at Eathie Fishing Station.
Arch at McFarquhar’s Bed.
Walking through the arch at McFarquhar’s Bed.
Smelters’ Cave, the burial place of Pictish Rosemarkie Man.
Entering one of the deeper Rosemarkie Beach Caves.
Cairds’ Cave, one of nineteen Rosemarkie Beach Caves inhabited since 300BC.
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