Helmsdale was built in the early 19th Century to re-settle those dispossessed by the notorious Duke of Sutherland during the Highland Clearances, a sad period of history marked by the Emigrants Statue, which stands imposingly above the south side of the town. Further back in history, there are Viking associations, due to the sheltered geography and the access inland via the River Helmsdale. Nowadays, leisure craft have largely replaced the inshore fishing boats and there’s a lively arts scene, including an Arts Centre and the Timespan Museum. Helmsdale is well worth a visit.
What the beach means to Billy.
Jacquie, at the Timespan Museum in Helmsdale.
The harbour at Helmsdale.