Highlands & Islands

Berriedale 'Darlings' cottages appeal reaches target

The Shore Cottages
Image caption The cottages at Berriedale are currently derelict

The Landmark Trust has secured the funding needed to restore the Shore Cottages at Berriedale in Caithness.

An appeal has raised £600,000, which will pay for the buildings to be renovated.

The cottages were built for crofting families who had to find alternative work following the clearances.

The forced movement of people to coastal communities was the backdrop for Neil M Gunn's book, The Silver Darlings.

Fishing at Berriedale was developed by Sir John Sinclair about 1800, with both herring and salmon landed there.

The Shore Cottages at Berriedale have been dated to the 1840s but have been derelict since the 1950s.

Once restoration has been completed, the cottages are to be made available as holiday lets.

Traditional skills

The Landmark Trust was formed in 1965 to rescue buildings which illustrate the lives of ordinary people who occupied them in the past.

Image caption Properties already restored by the Trust include this cottage on Kintyre

Director of the Landmark Trust, Peter Pearce, said: "These cottages tell the story of a past way of life, one that deserves to be remembered.

"We look forward to opening the cottages for all to visit next year."

The trust has said that work at Berriedale will use traditional materials and skills.

As well as the cottages themselves, a footbridge across the Berriedale Water which was the main access to the site will be repaired.

The Landmark Trust cares for 18 buildings in Scotland, including The Pineapple near Stirling.

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