History is everywhere you go in the county of Caithness, just look on an OS Map of the north of Scotland and you will find numerous map references to brochs, ancient buildings and settlements of between 2,000 and 5,000 years old. Yarrows, near Thrumster, is a short drive from Wick. The estate is managed by Thrumster Estates where they have holiday accommodation available as well as the fishing rights for the several lochs that are full of wild brown trout. The notable areas areas where you can find brochs, chambered cairns, standing stones and ancient forts include the Loch of Yarrows, Hill of Yarrows, Warehouse Hill, Loch Watenan (near Whaligoe Steps) and Battle Moss.
The area around Yarrows is known for the Yarrows Archaeological Trail where you can take around 2 hours to walk around historical sites going back 5,000 or more years and explore brochs, burial mounds and other signs of communities that lived and worked the land from the Iron Age onwards. While evidence of people living in this area dates to 10,000 years little is left to show how they lived.
This area is exciting to visit and is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, yet the broch on the Loch of Yarrows must be one of the best archaeological sites where you can visit for free. It only takes a short 5-10 minute walk down from the Yarrows Trail car park. The scenery and the wildlife make this a wonderful place to visit and to experience Scotland’s ancient past while also seeing the land being used for farming and estate management.
The broch is beside the Loch of Yarrows. This loch is well stocked with brown trout and permits are available on a daily or longer basis. Bank and boat fishing on the loch, fly only.
External sites: Thrumster Estate for holiday accommodation and trout fishing on the Thrumster Estate, Yarrows Lochs.