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TITLE
Strathpeffer Valley looking towards Dingwall
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0402
PLACENAME
Strathpeffer Valley
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Fodderty
PERIOD
1920s; 1930s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32324
KEYWORDS
postcards
valleys
rivers
hills
forts
Strathpeffer Valley looking towards Dingwall

This post card shows the Strathpeffer Valley looking towards Dingwall

The River Peffrey flows through this valley to Dingwall at the head of the Cromarty Firth but up until 500 AD the mouth of the river was at Strathpeffer, five miles to the west, and the valley floor was mud flats. Gradually the ground dried out and became solid enough for people to build here.

On the right, on the south side of the valley, is Knock Farrell.

Knock Farrell is the summit of a ridge of hills known as the Cat's Back from which there are fine views as far as Craig Phadraig, near Inverness, and the cliffs of the North Sutor at Cromarty. It is crowned with an ancient vitrified hill fort which may have been a stronghold of King Brude.

A vitrified fort is one where the ramparts have been burnt at such high temperatures that the stones have fused into a glassy mass. Fire may have been accidental, deliberate to strengthen the walls or the result of warfare.

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Strathpeffer Valley looking towards Dingwall

ROSS: Fodderty

1920s; 1930s

postcards; valleys; rivers; hills; forts

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This post card shows the Strathpeffer Valley looking towards Dingwall<br /> <br /> The River Peffrey flows through this valley to Dingwall at the head of the Cromarty Firth but up until 500 AD the mouth of the river was at Strathpeffer, five miles to the west, and the valley floor was mud flats. Gradually the ground dried out and became solid enough for people to build here.<br /> <br /> On the right, on the south side of the valley, is Knock Farrell. <br /> <br /> Knock Farrell is the summit of a ridge of hills known as the Cat's Back from which there are fine views as far as Craig Phadraig, near Inverness, and the cliffs of the North Sutor at Cromarty. It is crowned with an ancient vitrified hill fort which may have been a stronghold of King Brude. <br /> <br /> A vitrified fort is one where the ramparts have been burnt at such high temperatures that the stones have fused into a glassy mass. Fire may have been accidental, deliberate to strengthen the walls or the result of warfare.