A Tour of Dunbeath Strath
One of my favourite places in Caithness is Dunbeath Strath. It has such a variety of landscapes, from the broadleaved woodland of the lower section to the treeless moorland higher up. This view is from that open country, looking down on the deep gorge below.
"A Moorland Gorge, Dunbeath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm
The river has been dammed here to create a pool for fishing.
"Refelctions, Dunbeath Strath" - acrylic - 20 x 25 cm
Further down the gorge becomes deeper and narrower at a point called 'Prisoner's Leap'. There is a legend that a man was told that he would be set free if he could jump over the gap, on the assumption that he would fall to his death. Incredibly, he is said to have succeeded and thus gained his freedom.
"Prisoner's Leap, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 35 x 25 cm
The lower part of the strath is more gentle in character, from the old coaching inn at Milton to the point where the river runs into the sea at the village of Dunbeath.
"The Old Milton Inn, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm