The Dunbeath Water - Neil Gunn's 'Highland River'






Had it been summer weather, they could have gone up through the gorge, springing from boulder to boulder in the bed of the stream, but there was too much water in the river for that now. So presently they climbed up through birch trees and came out on the moor with the giddy bank of the gorge a little below them. Legend had it that once upon a time a man pursued by his enemies had leapt from precipice to precipice clean over the gorge and landed safely.

—Neil M Gunn, Highland River



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