Path to Berriedale Fishing Station
Start location: Berriedale Harbour (ND 118 226)
End location: A9, just south of Berriedale (ND 120 226)
Geographical area: Caithness
Path Type: Trade Route
Path distance: 0.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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The former fishing station is accessed by a footbridge across the Berriedale Water.
OS Landranger 17 (Helmsdale & Strath of Kildonan)
This is an old track leading to the remains of an abandoned fishing station at Berriedale. Herring boats brought home their catch to fishing stations to be processed. The herring industry was huge in Scotland and gave a lot of jobs to people who had recently been cleared from their homes. Berriedale fishing station dates back at least to the early nineteenth century and still has a row of fisher houses, as well as the icehouse and storehouse for the fish.
The fisher houses were derelict until the Landmark Trust raised enough funds to restore them: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13668224. Known as the Shore Cottages, they are now available for holiday lets. More information on the history of the Berriedale fishing station can be found via the Landmark Trust website: www.landmarktrust.org.uk.