Meikle Ferry, Sutherland, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Meikle Ferry. Location is on north side of the Dornoch Firth, Sutherland, Scottish Highlands. The site is accessed via  a minor road from Dornoch and directly south of Skibo Castle.

Today, this spot is simply an isolated jetty patronised by the occasional fishing boat. However, until the early 19th century, this was a key crossing point for north-south traffic. It’s effective demise came in 1809 when an overloaded ferry capsized resulting in deaths of 99 people. Subsequent to that event, travellers elected for a longer, land based route entailing a bridge crossing at Bonar Bridge (built 1812) , at the western end of the Firth. Much later, in 1992, the crossing was made easier by the new Dornoch Firth Bridge which is an integral part of the main A9 highway.

A quiet spot worthy of a visit.

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