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A 15’ ‘Wafter’ will cover more water and let you start to dibble or dance a dropper for longer and much further...

 

It must terrible if you can't dibble at a dance when your wafter is too short.:blink:

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PP: Re website picture..........Handy for the pub! 

 

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Yes Compo - The Alt. thumbsup Planning three trip there next year. If I don't stay at the Alt I rent a nearby Bothy. Usually a spare bed or two available. So a free stay if you are about.

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Let me know what dates, PP,  and we shall see about a pint or three!

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Out and about on Boxing Day. I followed the river known locally as "Dunbeath Water" for about six miles before turning back in the gloom of late afternoon semi-darkness. I have posted photos of the lower strath before so this time I will just post images from beyond the lower strath.

 

The river known as Dunbeath Water.

 

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Ruinous croft house on the moor. Victim of the unscrupulous "Highland Clearances" of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

 

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The "White Cemetery" at Tutnaguial. This small cemetery is stands all alone, roughly 3 miles into the moors from the village of Dunbeath. It is still in occasional use and acccessed by a moorland track.

 

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Frozen river surface.

 

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Moorland waterfall

 

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Artificial weir built to assist Salmon fishermen by creating a pool for the fish to rest on their way upstream to spawn.

 

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Out and about on New Year's day in the hinterlands of Caithness. The day dawned well and the walk was fine but cold.  Here's a few shots of the route. 

 

Pampas dawn in the garden.

 

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Braemore - the start of the walk

 

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Signpost at Braemore. There are no villages for around 40 miles in that direction - those are names of areas of the moor.

 

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Maiden Pap and Smean

 

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Lochan Nam Bo Riabhach (Translation: The little lake of the brindled cow)

 

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A long and lonely track across the moors

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Nora Batty on the long and lonely track to nowhere

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Cloud rising from the flanks of Morven - poretending to be a volcano

 

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Walking over the moors involves crossing hundreds of deep rivulets like this one. It is impossible to walk far of the track without getting wet!

 

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Magnificent Compo. There must be a couple of prize winning photo's there. Captures the 'presence' that you feel when out on the moors and Loch's. Do you ever see anyone fishing on those Loch's?

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The River's have Salmon; the lochs have brown trout but only small ones. One does occasionally see anglers on the lochs but usually on those that are stocked rather than the natural ones. I have met many Munro baggers that carry a collapsible rod for the purpose of trying to catch dinner :)

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Out and about in central Sutherland at Forsinard, Garvault and Syre:

 

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Ben Klibreck

 

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Hills around Garvault

 

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Red Deer stag

 

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More of the blighters

 

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Dubh Lochans at Forsinard. Translates to small black pools

 

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RSPB viewing platform at Forsinard reserve.

 

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Island in a loch

 

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Travelled along this road from Kinbrace to Syre for over an hour and saw not a single other vehicle or person

 

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Syre church

 

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Syre is a corrugated iron church, well tended.

 

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Syre church interior. I was the first to sign the visitor bok for 2020, which was nice :)

 

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Nice one Compo, well done.....again.

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Thanks Barrie.

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Loved the photos Compo, Thanks

I wondered why the distances on the footpath were in kilometres or is Scotland already preparing for partition and staying in Europe?

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You're more than welcome mate. Only wish I were there to share it. B.

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Theya re all low resolution Barrie. Anyrode miduck, you could copy and paste or right click and "save as" or "copy image address".

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How would I  do that, on a tablet?

(Acually, I  meant, I  wish I  were up in Caithness to share your superb views etc.) B.

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Oztalgian: All footpaths are marked in Kms here in Scotland, whereas roads still use Miles but I don't know why footpaths are Kms - unless the EU paid for some of the signage costs?

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Brilliant Compo. I liked that 'proper' church. And that island in a Loch....gazed at that for a while, just wishing that I was there.

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