The Landmark Trust

The Shore Cottages, Berriedale

The Shore Cottages embody the early years of the Caithness herring boom but now stand derelict and at risk of being lost forever. The Landmark Trust, a building preservation charity, launched an appeal in May 2009 to raise the funds to restore the cottages and give them a new and secure future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 July 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 August 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (243312)




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All along the rugged Caithness coast, improving landlords built new homes for the crofters turned fishermen, like the fishermen’s cottages at Berriedale. Once part of a thriving small community, these sandstone rubble cottages now stand derelict and at risk. Water pours through the roofs and all the windows have lost their glazing. Irreversible decline is imminent. Unless action is taken soon, this evidence of a lost way of life on Caithness coast will disappear.


Craftsmen will repair the cottages using traditional skills and matching new materials to the originals, to create two Landmarks, one preserving the form of a single fisherman’s cottage. Carefully chosen books and the History Album will keep the story of the fisher families alive for those who stay, to experience and discover for themselves this atmospheric place, its wildlife and its history.