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TITLE
The Pentland Firth from Duncansby Head
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1555
PLACENAME
Duncansby
DISTRICT
Caithness - Northern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33472
KEYWORDS
postcards
Caithness
firths
fjords
coast
coasts
coastline
coastlines
The Pentland Firth from Duncansby Head

Postcard of the Pentland Firth from Duncansby Head.

The Pentland Firth separates the Orkney Islands from Caithness; its name is thought to be a corruption of Pictland Fjord. The Firth is well known for the strength of its tides, being among some of the fastest in the world, a speed of 16 knots (30 km/h) being reported close west of Pentland Skerries. The force of the tides gives rise to overfalls and tidal races which can occur at different stages of the tide.

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The Pentland Firth from Duncansby Head

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

1930s

postcards; Caithness; firths; fjords; coast; coasts; coastline; coastlines

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

Postcard of the Pentland Firth from Duncansby Head.<br /> <br /> The Pentland Firth separates the Orkney Islands from Caithness; its name is thought to be a corruption of Pictland Fjord. The Firth is well known for the strength of its tides, being among some of the fastest in the world, a speed of 16 knots (30 km/h) being reported close west of Pentland Skerries. The force of the tides gives rise to overfalls and tidal races which can occur at different stages of the tide.