Dunbeath Pictures

An Eccentric Anomaly: Ed Davies's Blog

While I've been in limbo (there's light at the end of that tunnel) I've been renting a static caravan for the winter in Dunbeath, about 8 km SW of the prospective plot. I've, unfortunately, not got a lot of exercise this winter but when I have it's mostly been walks round this area on sunny days. Here are a few pictures from last autumn and the last week or two.

As with many towns around here Dunbeath is pretty scattered - there are really three centres: the harbour, the old bit of the village and the newer bit of the village, split by hillsides and the A9 with its viaduct across the valley of the Dunbeath river.

The older bit of the village from the hilltop by the newer bit, last November:

A9 viaduct across the Dunbeath river:

Harbour from the same hilltop:

View from the harbour back up the river a week or so ago:

The little rocky beach beyond the harbour:

A minor irritation with where I'm staying is that there are only really two ways to walk from, NW up a little road into the countryside or SW down the A9 into the village area. There's nowhere to go up the A9 in the other direction and you're likely die fairly promptly anyway as it's moderately busy with difficult verges.

Therefore, I was mildly pleased yesterday to find a footpath from one of the roads off to the NW down to the river which allows a loop round so you don't have to come back the way you set off.

Contrary to what's shown on OpenStreetMap the river has a quite significant tributary just upstream from the village (must take my GPS next time I go round that way). Looking south east down the river from the hillock in the confluence:

Over the branches are two little suspension foot bridges. One:

And the other, somewhat into sun:

The winter here has been pretty dry and the river's a lot lower than when I first walked over the bridge. And a lot lower than it has been:

Completing the loop round, the view from the A9 across the top of the houses by the harbour to the rocky beach SW of the river: