Posted by: anthropologyinthewind | May 9, 2013

Dunnet Forest Stories

The landscape of Caithness seems to be full of stories. Wherever I walk with someone, our conversation is frequently interrupted as they direct my attention towards a feature that I might otherwise never have noticed and then proceed to tell me a story about it.

Dunnet Forest is no exception to this phenomenon. I’ve started to collect these forest stories, and together with Dunnet Forestry Trust, we hope to create an entire forest blog which will showcase all the accounts, anecdotes, narratives and legends that relate to the history of this little patch of land. Dunnet Forest holds a multitude of memories for folk from both near and far, so we’re hoping that as many people as possible will contribute to our ‘Dunnet Forest Stories’ project.

Please help us make this project a success by sharing your own forest tales, whatever they may be. All contributions will be added to the forest blog (once it’s created, that is!) and our favourite stories will be included on a trail leaflet that will be available to all in the visitors’ car park over the summer months.

You can send your stories to or use the contact page on this blog.

In the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek at some of my favourite tales so far – but you’ll have to wait a while longer before the full stories are published!

The Night of the Feathered Ranger

It’s a dark and rainy night in the forest, but something unusual is stirring…it seems human, but it’s covered in goose feathers!

The Stump that Started a Protest

An inexplicable sawn-off tree stump at the crossroads on the Fairy Highway initiates a snowball of events… the ire of a few incensed runners transforms into a programme of community action that continues to this day.

The Stump that Started a Protest

The Mound

A small, green hillock surrounded by trees conceals Bronze Age secrets, gently reminding us of peoples and times long past.

Hut Circle

Over the years, Dunnet Forest has received many thousands of visitors and has employed hundreds of volunteers and workers, as well as creating links with organisations far and wide. If you’re one of these many people that have a link with our forest, however long ago or tenuous, please don’t forget to send us your story:

We look forward to receiving them! We also welcome any accompanying photographs that you are happy for us to publish.


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