Crosskirk is a small hamlet, mostly of agricultural and coastal land, around 6 miles west of Thurso in Caithness. The area has historical connections with a lost broch, and St Mary’s Church and burial ground, the Chapel dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest church building in Caithness. On OS maps you can also see several abandoned quarries nearby. Crosskirk has a small rocky bay, Crosskirk Bay, with the salmon fishing river – Forss Water running into it. The iconic ruined building next to the stony beach, next to the river, provides photographers an interesting background to the rugged coastal landscape. The beach, ruined building, along with St Mary’s Chapel is a short walk (half a mile to the Chapel, around 10 minutes steady walk) from a private area where you are allowed to park your car. The parking areas is at the end of the road leading to Crosskirk from the main A836 road. Dogs need to be kept on the lead when livestock is seen in the farm fields.
Fishing on the river – Forss Water is private fishing, some salmon fishing beats may be available as certain times of the year. The website for Forss Water provides details.
The cairn is located at the location of the broch that was destroyed and covered over after being investigated and photographed. The broch was excavated by Fairhurst and Taylor during 1966-1972 for the Department of the Environment, before being demolished, earthed over and seeded with grass. More photographs and information can be found on Highland Historic Environment Recordand other information on Historic Environment Scotland website.