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TITLE
The Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkneys from John O' Groats
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1612
PLACENAME
John o' Groats
DISTRICT
Caithness - Northern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33529
KEYWORDS
postcards
Caithness
firths
fjords
island
The Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkneys from John O' Groats

Postcard showing Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkneys from John O' Groats.

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, Stroma and the Orkneys from John O' Groats

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

postcards; Caithness; firths; fjords; island

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Postcard showing Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkneys from John O' Groats.<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.