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TITLE
Travellers 56 - waiting for the ferry at Kyle
EXTERNAL ID
HCD00789
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1920s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12482
KEYWORDS
vehicles
cars
travelling people
ferries
jetty
gypsies
travellinged
Travellers 56 - waiting for the ferry at Kyle

A row of expensive cars contrasts with the Travelling people and their cart on the jetty at Kyle in the late 1920s. The vehicles feature big 6 cylinder chassis, and coachbuilt closed or open bodywork, as well as additional petrol tanks on the running boards. These wealthy visitors to the area were obviously aware that petrol pumps were few and far between in the Highlands.

Travelling people moved from village to village, living in simple bow-tents. They worked as tinsmiths, horse dealers, hawkers or pearl fishers to earn a living. While having much in common with Romany Gypsies, the Travellers had strong ethnic and cultural links with the Highlands. Often they were Gaelic speakers, bearing traditional clan names such as Stewart, Cameron or MacDonald.

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Travellers 56 - waiting for the ferry at Kyle

ROSS: Lochalsh

1920s

vehicles; cars; travelling people; ferries; jetty; gypsies; travellinged

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

A row of expensive cars contrasts with the Travelling people and their cart on the jetty at Kyle in the late 1920s. The vehicles feature big 6 cylinder chassis, and coachbuilt closed or open bodywork, as well as additional petrol tanks on the running boards. These wealthy visitors to the area were obviously aware that petrol pumps were few and far between in the Highlands.<br /> <br /> Travelling people moved from village to village, living in simple bow-tents. They worked as tinsmiths, horse dealers, hawkers or pearl fishers to earn a living. While having much in common with Romany Gypsies, the Travellers had strong ethnic and cultural links with the Highlands. Often they were Gaelic speakers, bearing traditional clan names such as Stewart, Cameron or MacDonald.<br /> <br /> If you can help us identify any of those pictured in this photograph, please <a href="http://ambaile.com/en/feedback/show_feedback_page.html">contact us</a><br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>