I was up in Thurso for a couple of days at the end of last week, and Magnus and I took a run out to Dunnet beach to walk the dog. He saw the harbour from the sands, and asked if we could investigate, so parked up by the boats and the old pavement works. It had been years since I was last there, and had never followed the interpretative trail before. It was fascinating, bot least as a big chunk of the Mowat side of the family were Castletown stone cutters back in the 1850’s. Right in the middle of what was a huge industrial site at one time is a strange wee stone tower, exquisitely built in Caithness flag. My first thought was it some sort of kiln, or chimney, but it turns out it was the tower of a windmill, whose sails pumped water that powered the stone cutting and polishing machinery.
These days wind turbines are thought to be a new part of the Caithness landscape, interesting to note that at least one has been around for 150 years.