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Thurso, Bishops Walk

Road (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Thurso, Bishops Walk

Classification Road (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Braes Of Scrabster

Canmore ID 8427

Site Number ND16NW 1

NGR ND 1030 6936

NGR Description Centred ND 1030 6936

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Thurso
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND16NW 1 centred 1030 6936.

(Centred ND 1030 6936) Bishop's Walk (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Bishop's Walk: A terrace-walk, formerly a favourite resort of the Bishop.

Name Book 1872.

An old roadway or terrace walk, cut in the face of the bank between the ruins of the Bishop's Castle (ND16NW 3) and the burn at Scrabster House (ND06NE 5). It is almost entirely destroyed and only about 100 yds of it remains.

RCAHMS 1911; D Beaton 1909; J B Craven 1886.

All that now remains of the Bishop's Walk is a grass-covered terrace running along the face of the steep escarpment, the Braes of Scrabster, about halfway down from the top. The terrace width varies from 4.0m to 3.0m and it extends from ND 1023 6942 to ND 1037 6930. No traces of the Walk were seen to the N or S of the stretch, due to erosion.

Revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 16 April 1962.

(ND 1030 6936) Bishop's Walk (NR)

OS 1:1250 map, (1965)

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J M) 24 September 1981.


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