The books basically tell us that this icon the County were two castles - one being the tower house built between 1476 and 1496 which was called Girnigoe and the other called Sinclair was built on land to the west in 1606 - and that they were partially destroyed by George Sinclair of Keiss who attacked it with cannon in either 1680 or 1690 (depending on the author) to oust John Campbell of Glenorchy to whom it had been given by George 6th Earl of Caithness in lieu of debts. These ‘facts' have been embellished and embroidered over time by a number of different authors.
This article is from the ERI newsletter for Spring 2017. Twenty S1 pupils at Farr High School, Bettyhill recently took part in a marine renewable energy activity run by Pat Kieran of DSRL and Daniel Johnston of ERI.
The High Street in Wick like many places is always changing. Shops come and go.
On Wednesday the 22nd of March, the ERI will be hosting >50 researchers from around the UK and Ireland for the 4th edition of the Flow Country Research Conference. As part of the conference, there will be a scientific poster session open to the public.
The Caithness Science Festival had its annual showcase for many areas of science both in Caithness and from elsewhere with lots of experts to answer questions from people of all ages. Lots of photos in the gallery..
This video highlights the work done by the Pearls in Peril LIFE + Nature project to help secure the future of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel across Great Britain. Visit https://www.pearlsinperil.org.uk/ for more information on the project..
A very good photo has been sent to us by Graeme Lyall of the Reverend Alfred Coutts and the elders of the United Free Church, Bridge Street, Wick. The photo was taken by Johnson Photographers.
A drop in event. Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats.
"Friends of Annie", are a local charity that helps young people who are in care or has previously had care experience, we help when they are finding things tough, say their washing machine broke or they need to travel for a family occasion, such as a funeral south and help can be given with the fare, if a young person had an interview help can be given clothing or other expenses. The group are holding a "James Bond" themed dinner dance on 1st April in the Park Hotel, Thurso.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is encouraging community bodies and third sector organisations across the region to consider applying to the Aspiring Communities Fund. The £18.9 million fund is being run as part of the European Social Fund, with the Scottish Government as lead partner.
A record number of volunteers turned out on Sunday (12th March 2017) to assist with habitat enhancement work and access improvements at St Johns Pool near Dunnet in Caithness. Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers were joined by representatives from the Caithness Broch Project to create a dynamic team of enthusiastic volunteers.
Harold Wilkinson, who died of a rare type of leukaemia on 27th February, 2017, in Raigmore Hospital, in his adopted home-town of Inverness, established the first Geography department in Wick High during the early 1960s. The geography graduate of Edinburgh University in 1960 went on to have a full career mainly in senior education management .
Wednesday 15th March - 7.00pm.
Great for the kids to meet small animals this weekend..
Friday 17th March 2017..
A new short film created by Joe Gallon and Louis Ghadially to showcase some of the magical moments you can experience along the North Coast 500. Web site - www.northcoast500.com/.
The Peatland Partnership's Flows to the Future Project has been shortlisted for receiving £30,000 from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), taking us to the public vote stage. This is the link to the voting page: http://bit.ly/1eUMGSu This money would be hugely beneficial to the Project.
The Lybster & Tannach non-formal learning bursary scheme launched in January 2017 to benefit residents within the Lybster, Latheron & Clyth and Tannach & District Community Council areas. The scheme is available to individuals and groups who are looking to take part in non-formal learning projects.
Saturday 11th - Saturday 18th March 2017 See a bigger poster HERE.
Thurso East to Castletown Monday 13th March 2017. 11am - 3pm.