Northern Reach
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A steep shortcut up the slope.

The Northern Reach is named for the slope upon which this more affluent section of Dornie was built several hundred years ago. Although the buildings are old with stone and brick walls, high chimneys billowing wispy gray smoke throughout the year, they are as well-kept as the cobblestone walkways and paved roads that wind snake-like up the hill. Here, most homes of the luxury of being powered by the Ross Hydroelectric plant, including the stately shape of Ross Manor, which stands tall and proud at the Reach’s loftiest point, and the schoolhouse, funded by Dina Ross herself.

Birds flit between small trees that line the streets, and nest in the hedges that divide properties in lieu of the uglier wooden fences or wrought iron commonly found in other areas of the settlement. Windows are wide and bright, with views of not only Dornie, but its waterfront and the loch’s shores. It is quieter here, up away from the reek of fish wafting out of the harbor, or the shouts of vendors selling their wares in the town’s market square, but not so quiet that the Reach’s inhabitants or their businesses can escape the distant bang of buoy bells, or the raucous cries of sea birds circling in a pale, slate-gray sky.

Narrow stairways made of stone with moss growing in the cracks characterize the Reach and provide shortcuts for those who don't wish to take the longer, winding roads that snake through it. From the bottom of the hill, the steep incline gives the illusion of structures being built atop one another, and although many of the buildings sit close together, there is a comfortable amount of room between them unlike the poorer, more crowded sections of town like the Rookery.

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