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TITLE
Thurso Harbour
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0188_JG
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
DATE OF IMAGE
8 October 2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Jamie Gaukroger
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
32086
KEYWORDS
fishing boats
boats
sailing boats
vessels
harbours
Vikings
fishing ports
ports
Scrabster
steamers
Thurso Harbour

Situated at the mouth of the River Thurso, the harbour has been established here since the 900s, when the Vikings used it as a port and fishing base. At this time, Thurso was an important gateway to the mainland. The name 'Thurso' comes from 'Thorsa', meaning 'Thor's River' in the Norse language.

During the 1200s the Scots evicted the Vikings from the Caithness area, but Thurso continued to develop as an important fishing port. By the 1850s a new harbour was being built at Scrabster, to the west of Thurso, reducing the importance of the river harbour. However, the area around Thurso continued to develop, with steamer links to Orkney, Shetland, Oban and Leith

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Thurso Harbour

CAITHNESS: Thurso

2000s

fishing boats; boats; sailing boats; vessels; harbours; Vikings; fishing ports; ports; Scrabster; steamers;

Am Baile

Situated at the mouth of the River Thurso, the harbour has been established here since the 900s, when the Vikings used it as a port and fishing base. At this time, Thurso was an important gateway to the mainland. The name 'Thurso' comes from 'Thorsa', meaning 'Thor's River' in the Norse language.<br /> <br /> During the 1200s the Scots evicted the Vikings from the Caithness area, but Thurso continued to develop as an important fishing port. By the 1850s a new harbour was being built at Scrabster, to the west of Thurso, reducing the importance of the river harbour. However, the area around Thurso continued to develop, with steamer links to Orkney, Shetland, Oban and Leith