Having an injured knee and the instruction not to do any hills has curtailed walking and cycling for the time being. However, Saturday was a pleasant day so we decided to wander along Rosemarkie Beach with the boys – the promise of cake at the end of the walk raised their enthusiasm level somewhat!
It’s a popular spot with locals and visitors alike, but the further you walk along the beach the less people there are. It’s always possible to find a quiet spot in amongst the rocks.
You can walk all the way to Cromarty, but we only went as far as Caird’s Cave (also known as the Travellers’ Cave). It is a shallow, granite cavern, which was occupied around the time of WWI by ‘Captain’ Devine and his wife. They coppiced the hazel by the burn, sharpened knives and mended pots and pans.
A cave near Rosemarkie was excavated by Dr William MacLean 1907-1912. He found many pieces of worked bone, mainly basic pins and awls; one was better finished and originally had five pieces of amber inset. An excavation in 2010 proved that Cairds’ Cave was the location of Dr MacLean’s excavation. Radiocarbon dating has shown that the base of the cave dates to 300 BC, while the bones removed by Dr MacLean date back to 700-600 AD.
There are 19 caves along the coast from Rosemarkie to Cromarty. They are currently being investigated by the Rosemarkie Caves Project.
We turned back and headed to the Rosemarkie Beach Café for some (almost well-deserved) refreshment. We didn’t see any dolphins, but there is always next time!