Lybster

Lybster is a village on the east coast of Caithness.
Lybster Harbour - Lisa Weller

It was once a big herring fishing port, but has declined in recent years, due to problems in the industry.

It hosts the "World Championships of Knotty"; knotty or cnatag is a variant of shinty.

The film, The Silver Darlings, from Neil Gunn's book, was shot here.

The Sinclairs of Lybster have long roots running back to the Sinclair earls who ruled Caithness that was once a much larger area taking in much of Sutherland. Tracing further back the family has connections to the Norwegian earls who controlled the north of Scotland for centuries.

Lybster railway station was part of the Wick and Lybster Railway. It opened on 1 July 1903 and closed on 3 April 1944.

Lybster's sister city is Mackinac Island, U.S.A.

Photos on this page by Lisa Weller.

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