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Photos by Shirley MacBeath

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Dunbeath Bay and Castle

Dunbeath, Caithness, January 2012

Shirley MacBeath

Shirley MacBeath lives and works in Caithness but it is her love for photography and the beautiful landscapes, unusual buildings, diverse wildlife and interesting characters of Dunbeath and district, that has inspired her to take striking and beautiful photographs of Dunbeath, Berriedale and Caithness.

This page shows a modest selection of some of her most recent photographs, but she also has a large back catalogue and many more recent photographs in her portfolio.

We hope you enjoy her pictures and if you are interested in acquiring copies please email info@dunbeathvillage.com for further details.

Dunbeath Village

Dunbeath Village is the birth place of the famous Scottish writer Neil M Gunn and is a beautiful village, located on the East Coast of Scotland in the County of Caithness, just 30 miles South of John O'Groats. It is an ancient village with a fascinating history, while it's populace are vibrant and modern, who are just as comfortable surfing the Internet as clipping sheep or working around the World for the Oil Industry as cutting peat.

Dunbeath and it's surrounding district has a stunning landscape of moorlands and mountains stretching for miles to the west as far as the eye can see and beyond, while to the East it's spectacular cliff coast line snakes North to South along the North Sea.

Dunbeath has a salmon river splitting the village in two, with it's source starting far in the moors and meandering for miles until it's mouth ends at an old harbour and finally flowing out into the Dunbeath Bay and North Sea. The wildlife is next to none in the UK with animals and birds such as deer, wild cats and otters to eagles and buzzards to salmon and seals. There are silver birch woods and heather hills and 'Flow Country' peat bogs along with rare insects, butterflies and bees.

It also consists of a spectacular white Sinclair castle sitting on the cliffs, an ancient pictish broch, an early christian ruined monastery, a renovated 18th century mill, scattered old croft and fishing buildings, a local grocers store, a post office, a public bar & restaurant,, a community hall, a heritage centre a church, a primary school, a camp site, holiday homes and many more facilities and places of interest.

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