7 miles West of
Thurso on the A86, take the turn off for the Forss Business and
Technology Park. Park at the mobile phone mast and walk
towards the shore keeping the perimeter fence of the Technology Park to
your right until reaching a pair of double gates (700m). From the double gates, aim NNE for a small tower building with
external stairs and a mast on top (200m), then walk NE down stepped,
slabby ledges for 30m to a small stack on the wall edge, just beyond
which it is possible to scramble down onto the non-tidal ledge. The
first wall is immediately NE and the others follow to the NE. Wall 4 is
30m NE from Wall 3.
The rock is Caithness flagstone (sandstone) and the texture of old beaches is usually underfoot. It can be snappy but the cliffs described have been well weathered by the mean northern seas and winds. They are coloured black by a coating of lichen. There are many easy bouldering lines and the trad lines are being developed. Seals, otters, even dolphins and whales can be sighted here, along with a myriad of bird life.
Sunshine is predominant in summer evenings and the place is ideal when the east coast is wet or when a few hours are available waiting for the Orkney Ferry.
1. Forss of Nature 8m E1 5b Raymond Wallace, Rob Christie, Dominic Pain 04/07/06Layaway and jam the steep, sustained crack in the centre of the black wall.