Murkle  Caithness


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Murkle like this:

Murkle Bay, a creek (4 x 2½ furl.) on the S side of Dunnet Bay, N Caithness, at the mutual border of Thurso and Olrig parishes, 4 miles ENE of Thurso town. It was formerly noted for its fisheries and its manufacture of kelp, and is capable of being rendered a safe retreat to vessels in distress, from tempests in the Pentland Firth. Murkle estate, lying around the bay, belongs to Sir Robert C. Sinclair, Bart. of Stevenston. The traditional scene of a victory over the Danes, it is said to have originally been called Morthill or 'the field of death.,-Ord. Sur., sh. 116, 1878.

Additional information about this locality is available for Olrig

Murkle through time

Murkle is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Murkle itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Murkle, in Highland and Caithness | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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