Welcome, everyone, to Section Seven of Virtual RowAround Scotland, the far North East which links the Wick club down to Avoch. There is well over 130 miles of coastline in this section, with sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, sea stacks and arches, caves, rocky beaches and almost inaccessible harbours.
The three counties of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross are steeped in history both along the coastlines and further inland, from modern and ancient times back through the ages of Vikings and even further back to Stone Age times. There is too much history to cover in this short account but please have a look at the various links that I have added for you to look at as you follow the route over the days ahead.
There are eight coastal rowing clubs covering this section and as we go through the next fortnight, each club will have their own stories to tell about their history, their skiffs, their crews and their coasts and waters and I hope you enjoy looking at this virtual row.
As some of the clubs are small in numbers, the intention was to use as many available crew members from all the clubs in the area and anyone from further afield to participate in the various rowing and overland sections. Some stretches of this coastline are inhospitable with very strong currents and tide rips and areas with no safe havens; some sections would have been covered overland, to be done by walking, cycling, running and man hauling.
As we all go through this difficult time we find ourselves in, I hope we can give you just a little taste of what the far North East of Scotland has to offer as we go through our Virtual RowAround and hopefully sometime soon we can all get back on the water to enjoy our mutual pastime.