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MacFarquhar's Bed
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MacFarquhar's Bed

This is a shot taken recently showing the gorse in full and magnificent bloom beside the path leading down to MacFarquhar's Bed. Overgrown badly for several years and blocking the path, some kind person has cut back just enough of the encroaching gorse and brambles to allow access to this attractive beach again. For a view of what it looked like around 1900, see picture #145
Picture added on 24 May 2003
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McFarquhar's Bed
I'm glad you used the word 'brambles', how about using the word WHINS instead of gorse 'cos we are on an almost daily basis now losing fine Scottish words from our vocabulary? I have been down to the 'Bed' in the last few weeks, and I would suggest a Safety rope be fitted/installed to the hillward side of the descent, as there has been a great deal of slippage, and rock-fall in the past 60 years. When the Bothy was occupied the salmon fishers maintained the path, and rabbits(remember them?) kept the grass like a lawn.
Added by Clem Watson on 21 July 2005
Whin is Broom, not Gorse, I believe?
Added by Colin on 07 August 2005
Definitely gorse.
Added by Estelle Quick on 07 August 2005
Gorse as Whins were used as animal fodder when hay would be short. They would be crushed in a whinmill to ease chewing.
Added by Dennis Manson on 07 August 2005
Wrong Colin. Whin (in Scotland)(Ulex europaeus) known as Gorse, in England, complete with thorns. Broom(Cytisus scoparius) on the other hand has smooth stems, again the yellow flower, but an entirely different plant. I've added the Latin name to positively ident. If you are interested in Botany, you may be confusing the plant Petty Whin (Genista anglica) which belongs to the Rose family, which in turn does look like Broom, belong to the Pea family.
Added by Clem Watson on 07 August 2005
No sorry Colin. Whin is definitely the "Stabby one" honest.
Added by Mary Mackay now Harrison on 07 August 2005
Gorse is whin but whin is used in other parts of the UK too
Added by Bill Wright on 16 June 2017
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