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Beech Avenue at MacFarquhar's Bed

Beech Avenue at MacFarquhar's Bed

Date Added: 23 May 2003 Contributor: Colin Dunn Year: 2003 Picture No: 358

This show the perilous state of the avenue of beech trees leading down to MacFarquhars bed. Believed to have been planted by George Ross back in the 18th century as part of his intensive tree planting schemes, these trees are now senile, collapsing and rotting. They should have been replanted with seedlings 40 years ago to ensure the future of the avenue. See picture #88 from around 1900 showing the trees near their prime.

Groups: McFarquhar's Bed


This route is actually a right of way, part of a return to Cromarty walk round the 'back of the Hill'. The 'beware of the Bull' notice doesn't help as you pass Cromarty Mains. I admire the courage of those who took the colour photo, to show us the state of the trees! If the farmer could be persuaded, he would be given Grant Aid to plant
from Forest Enterprise, especially for reintroducing hardwoods!Come on man, shift the bull during the tourist season, or let him have his fun in another field! He'll enjoy pastures new!
Comment left on 12 November 2003 by Clem Watson
Jane, Loren and Fennec are the intrepid explorers if I am not mistaken.

Comment left on 14 November 2003 by Fiona
It was me that took the picture, and no bravery was involved. Although there is a 'beware of the bull sign', I've never seen a bull in that particluar field. (And it's Loren, Barbel and Fennec). Comment left on 16 November 2003 by colin
The bull makes the walk more exciting! Comment left on 19 July 2005 at 12:08 by Isla
Looks lovely. Cant wait to see it for real. My mother is a McFarquhar and my father is a Ross. Traced my family back to Bindal, Talbat. Comment left on 22 August 2008 at 21:27 by Paula
Where is Talbat? Comment left on 24 August 2008 at 06:16 by Margaret
Sorry. It was Tarbat. Comment left on 24 August 2008 at 19:49 by Paula
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