Caithness is the most northerly area of the Scottish mainland and has a long historical past with hundreds of Cairns as evidence of pre-historic peoples. Having recently decided to visit Caithness I visited for the first time The Grey Cairns of Camster and while the weather was cloudy I did manage to take a few pictures of this burial cairn.
These two Cairns were recently excavated by Historic Scotland to show more of the structures and allow visitors to fully appreciate the size and importance of these cairns that are over 5000 years old.
Caithness has never been high on my areas of Scotland that I like for holidays, probably due to the memory of a cold, windy and bleak trip when I was in my teens, many years ago. Yet within the last 9 months I have visited Caithness on two occassions, in the Autumn of 2007 and in the Spring of this year and I have changed my opinions of this area of Scotland. What I saw was interesting and while the scenery is not as dramatic and beautiful as the west coast of Scotland such as Wester Ross and Sutherland, it does have a lot of small interesting villages and areas of historical interest. It does also have beautiful scenery and on both occassions we had brilliant sunny and warm weather – and this always helped show off a place to it’s best.
I can now say that Caithness is on my list of places I would like to live in and in a few weeks time that is where we plan to move to. I have put in a few pictures of Caithness that I hope will show what a great destination it is for all of you who have old memories of this area, it is time you had a holiday in this area, I think you will be impressed.