Five public works commissioned to celebrate the heritage of the three Seaboard villages, Balintore, Hilton and Shandwick. These coastal communities heavily relied on fishing for their survival and have strong historic links to the sea. The works were installed in 2007 in Balintore, and centre on five themes that reflect the history and characteristics of the villages: Fishing, Faith, the Four Corners of the Earth, Fortitude, and Folklore.
Fishing: These giant salmon were sculpted by Stephen Hayward and symbolise the reliance on, and endurance of, fishing for cod, haddock, herring and salmon in the villages.
Faith: This plaque commemorates Rev John Ross (1842-1914) who hailed from Balintore and in 1872 set sail for China and later to Korea as a Christian missionary.
Four Corners of the Earth: Many inhabitants of the Seaboard villages emigrated and travelled across the globe, although many were also to return. A compass rose set in the ground marks the beginning and end of these journeys.
Fortitude: Represented by Effie of the Two Oars, who single-handedly rowed a large fishing boat back to shore to preserve it after the crew abandoned ship, fleeing at the appearance of the dreaded ‘press gang’ who would have forced them into the navy.
Folklore: This mermaid was also created by Stephen Hayward, and sits upon a rock, partially covered in high tide.
See also: Mermaid of the North.