What to See and Do in Dunbeath

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Thu, 2010-01-07

Dunbeath was the birthplace of Neil Gunn (1891-1973), author of The Silver Darlings, Highland River etc., many of whose novels are set in Dunbeath and its Strath.

Up from the harbour and just before the Telford bridge, which carries the old A9 road, is the Well pool. This is the pool where the famous opening scene in Highland River takes place where Kenn has his battle with the salmon.

The Neil Gunn Memorial Sculpture situated at Dunbeath Harbour depicts this epic struggle. Dunbeath Heritage Centre provides information on Neil Gunn’s birthplace and includes an illustrated journey through Dunbeath strath.

The beautiful strath offers peaceful walks for those keen to experience nature and wildlife along with unique scenery.

Fig: Kenn and the Salmon, a statue in
memory of Neil Gunn at Dunbeath harbour

Dunbeath Harbour

At the harbour in Dunbeath you will find a picnic area with Bar-B-Q and parking. The harbour is a small traditional working harbour and very pretty. In the picture you can see the Neill Gunn statue, which commemorates the famous author who lived in the village. In the background is Dunbeath Castle.

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