About Brough Harbour

The Bay is owned partly by a local community group and partly by Brough Bay Ltd. which owns the campsite, B&B and cottage above the Bay.The natural harbour at Brough has been used for fishing and landing boats for hundres of years.  It was described in the Old Statistical Account (1794).  There is photographic evidence (in the Johnston Collection) 1900 of harbour related activities such as drying nets and hauling out boats being carried out.  A winch was installed to hal the boats.

In 1830 the Northern Lighthouse Board built a pier/slipway as a servicing point for the Dunnet Head Lighthouse.  In the 1970’s the harbour users formed a group called “the pier committee” with the purpose of maintaining the slipway.  Later the group was formalised with a constitution under the chairmanship of Ian Munro of Clett Cottage, Brough.

1978 – After the near destruction of the slipway in a storm, the group raised money to repair the slip.  Without this initiative, the harbour would have become unusable.

1983  The community group reached agreement with the Northern Lighthouse Board to take over the Board’s interest in the Harbour.

1985  The boat park was originally created by Mervyn Sinclair, a local and resident of Brough.  Mr. Sinclair also helped with keeping the place tidy, and he and his father often launched their boats from the pier. The community group later concreted this part as well as installing a wall along the shore, north from the lighthouse store was built to give the cliff some protection from erosion.

1991 The community group installed rock armouring along the seaward side of the boat park as its own expense with money gathered from the local community.

1993  The harbour and surrounding land was gifted to the community group by Margaret Munro, widow of Ian Munro who was chairman of the group since its formation.  Members of the committee each made a contribution towards the local costs.

The community group has now been formed into a company registered with Companies House Scotland.

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Local beauty spot ruined!

Local people have written to the press regarding the state of  Brough Bay as follows:

“Dear Sirs,

Brough Bay is a beautiful spot on the Caithness coast at the base of Dunnet Head. It is widely used by tourists and locals alike who go there to picnic, barbecue and enjoy the tranquil place. However, the Bay is currently ruined by two unseaworthy boats which have been placed on the shore by the Brough Bay Association which are full of and attract rubbish. The shore is sodden with oil which is leaking from the boats which are rapidly deteriorating. The Association received over £50,000 of public money in 2010 to maintain the pier and look after the Bay area but it is clear that they are not adhering to the objectives of the Association which is a registered company at Companies House Scotland (company number SC420393). One of the stated objectives is “to promote the use, and management improvement of the slipway, harbour and associated facilities at Brough Bay to the benefit of the community of the Parish of Dunnet.” The boats have been in situ since May 2010. Attempts by local people to remove the boats have been thwarted by the Association on several occasions. The writer wonders how unseaworthy boats which attract rubbish, are a health and safety concern and a threat to the environment can possibly improve the harbour area for the benefit of the community.

Interested parties can write to the chairman of the association, Michael O’Donnell, Burifa, Brough, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8YE, as listed at Companies House Scotland. ”

If you want to add your voice to getting this mess cleaned up, please write to the association.

Brough pier renovations

In 2011, Brough pier underwent renovations to repair some of the storm damage and general deterioration of the pier.  The work was undertaken by a local contractor, and other information is now available around the village as to the origins of the pier and how it was used to build Dunnet Head lighthouse.  There is an interpretation board at the Bay providing details.

Further details can be found in the Historical Environment Record maintained by the Highland Council- see http://her.highland.gov.uk/.

Some information about the project can be seen at the following links:

Lighthouse loading platform, Brough

Croft, Brough

Slipway at Brough

Information supplied by the Dunnet Head Educational Trust – www.dunnethead.co.uk
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Local beauty spot ruined

Local beauty spot ruined – dated 2012

Dear Sirs,

Brough Bay is a beautiful spot on the Caithness coast at the base of Dunnet Head.  It is widely used by tourists and locals alike who go there to picnic, barbecue and enjoy the tranquil place.  However, the Bay is currently ruined by two unseaworthy boats which have been placed on the shore by the Brough Bay Association which are full of and attract rubbish.  The shore is sodden with oil which is leaking from the boats which are rapidly deteriorating.  The Association received over £50,000 of public money in 2010 to maintain the pier and look after the Bay area but it is clear that they are not adhering to the objectives of the Association which is a registered company at Companies House Scotland (company number SC420393). One of the stated objectives is “to promote the use, and manage improvement and maintenance of the slipway, harbour and associated facilities at Brough Bay to the benefit of the community of the Parish of Dunnet.”  The boats have been in situ since May 2010.  Attempts by local people to remove the boats have been thwarted by the Association on several occasions. The writer wonders how unseaworthy boats which attract rubbish, are a health and safety concern and a threat to the environment can possibly improve the harbour area for the benefit of the community.

Interested parties can write to the chairman of the association,  as listed at Companies House Scotland.

Yours faithfully,

Brough Bay Association

The committee of the Brough Bay Association exclude local residents from being full members of the association for their own ends. Even people who have lived in the village all of their lives have been told that they cannot join. They also pretend that they own all of the land at the Bay, but this is untrue. The deeds clearly show a section as belonging to the company Brough Bay Ltd. Between 2009 and 2011 the chairman of the association caused untold trouble in the village and was visited by the police several times.

Celebrations at Brough Harbour

On 14th June 2011, there were celebrations for three new projects in Brough. Sadly very few of the villagers were invited. The pier looks really nice now but sadly the area is spoiled by the Brough Bay Association’s boats being dumped at the bay spoiling the overall effect.

Subsequent reports in the John o Groats Journal expressed disgust at the BBA and saying that they should look after the area better.

Fence at Brough Bay

Of course, the existence of the fence does not mean you cannot use the land behind the fence, but please do not damage the fence – it is monitored by CCTV to protect it from vandalism. Feel free to use the bay as you normally would and once the bully boys have withdrawn their claim, the bay will be restored to its former glory without the fence. The fence has been wrecked and stolen by vandals and the boats put back in situ.