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TITLE
Improving the Jetty, Kyle of Lochalsh
EXTERNAL ID
HCD00961
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12617
KEYWORDS
jetty
Kyle of Lochalsh
dredging
vehicles
village
Improving the Jetty, Kyle of Lochalsh

In his book 'Where I Belong', Duncan Macpherson describes the various alterations to the jetty at Kyle, from where the ferry crosses from the mainland to Skye. The jetty had been patched up on numerous occasions, but after both ferries broke down at the height of the tourist season in 1950 and vehicles were subject to long delays, plans were put in place for major improvements. These took several years to materialize, but W. Finlay, a local contractor was eventually employed and throughout one winter his workmen "spent the hours of daylight digging, blasting, dredging and rebuilding". The approach road was lowered, the whole pier widened and the gradient improved. This resulted in a substantial pier 150 yards long, approachable by boats at all states of the tide. The photograph, one of three taken on the same day, shows the work in progress, looking back up the jetty towards the village and Duncan Macpherson's pharmacy on the right


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Improving the Jetty, Kyle of Lochalsh

ROSS: Lochalsh

1950s

jetty; Kyle of Lochalsh; dredging; vehicles; village

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

In his book 'Where I Belong', Duncan Macpherson describes the various alterations to the jetty at Kyle, from where the ferry crosses from the mainland to Skye. The jetty had been patched up on numerous occasions, but after both ferries broke down at the height of the tourist season in 1950 and vehicles were subject to long delays, plans were put in place for major improvements. These took several years to materialize, but W. Finlay, a local contractor was eventually employed and throughout one winter his workmen "spent the hours of daylight digging, blasting, dredging and rebuilding". The approach road was lowered, the whole pier widened and the gradient improved. This resulted in a substantial pier 150 yards long, approachable by boats at all states of the tide. The photograph, one of three taken on the same day, shows the work in progress, looking back up the jetty towards the village and Duncan Macpherson's pharmacy on the right <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><br />