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Project information

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.

July 2011 - August 2012

Charity information: The Landmark Trust

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  • Need


    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To halt the deterioration of the Shore Cottages and give them a new purpose for all to enjoy.


    » Repairs and restoration will be undertaken by craftsmen using traditional skills and materials.

    What success will look like

    The cottages will be saved from further decline, and restored sympathetically whilst providing comfortable accommodation and a sustainable use.

    Aim 2

    To preserve the history of the building and its surroundings, whilst educating visitors.


    » An individually written History Album will document the buildings' past and the restoration process.
    » A carefully chosen library will offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the local area and its history.

    What success will look like

    Visitors to the cottages will take away with them an experience and understanding of the history of the cottages. The building will survive for future generations to enjoy.

    Aim 3

    To give the building a self sustaining future.


    » Offering the building for holidays, the income from which will fund upkeep and maintenance of the building, and introduce new visitors to the area.

    What success will look like

    Success through regular occupancy, and income received from lettings, to support the cost of maintenance and upkeep.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the decline of these buildings and offer a window into a significant part of our shared heritage in Scotland. The buildings will bring new visitors to this remote area who will appreciate the beautiful scenery and wildlife, and contribute to the local economy. The successful project will protect the future of this building through the income it generates as holiday accommodation.


    The Shore Cottages is only accessible by footbridge, which will effect our ability to get materials to site. We have taken this and other risks into consideration in our detailed process for developing the project.


    We report to our donors through personalised communications, as well as monthly emails, bi-annual newsletters, an annual Supporter Update, and via information posted on our website. All donors to the appeal will be invited to an open day to celebrate and see the completed project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600,000 Restoration Works Works for the restoration of Shore Cottages

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Many Individual Supporters £284,404 Guaranteed
    Grantmaking Trusts & Foundations £297,750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Shore Cottages are located across a footbridge at the mouth of the Berriedale Water in Berriedale, a small village of scattered habitations on the Caithness Coast. Close by are the remains of Berriedale Castle, and the Berriedale Braes. The Village is approximately two hours drive from Inverness and is a beautiful area with little habitation.


    The project will benefit visitors to the area who will have the opportunity to stay in or see the restored buildings. Craftsmen will benefit from being able to apply and learn traditional skills whilst working on the cottages. Future generations will benefit from being able to see the evidence of a lost way of life and an important part of our shared heritage in Scotland.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Landmark Trust is one of Britain’s leading building conservation charities. For over 40 years it has been rescuing historic buildings at risk, giving them new life. Once restored, Landmarks are let as inspiring places to stay and the income supports their ongoing upkeep and maintenance. Since its formation in 1965, over 190 buildings across the country have been saved by the Landmark Trust and more than 65,000 people now stay in Landmarks each year and visit them on Open Days.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Sharratt

    Mark is Head of Buildings at Landmark and the Project Manager for the Shore Cottages. He is central to delivering the project, supported by others.