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TITLE
The Obbe, Kyleakin Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_055
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12878
KEYWORDS
Kyleakin
salt marsh
wildfowl
artworks
The Obbe, Kyleakin Skye

This tinted postcard shows The Obbe, or An t-Ob in Kyleakin. This tidal inlet provides the perfect habitat for the pink sea thrift and other specialized plants that survive being immersed in sea water. Waders and wildfowl find a rich feeding area here, with oyster catchers and herons a common sight.

The village of Kyleakin was on the plan for development in 1811, when Lord Macdonald, landowner at that time, wanted to create the 'new Liverpool'. The village was to be turned into an industrial and commercial centre, but plans never materialized, and over the years Kyleakin grew more as the gateway to Skye, with the crossing between Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin being the most used route. The construction of the Skye Bridge in 1995 meant that Kyleakin was bypassed by traffic. With the area's previous prosperity linked with tourism, Kyleakin has worked hard at marketing the small village as a spot not to be passed by, with redesign of the harbour area, commissioned artworks and walks, all designed to make a short stay worthwhile.


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The Obbe, Kyleakin Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

1910s

Kyleakin; salt marsh; wildfowl; artworks

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This tinted postcard shows The Obbe, or An t-Ob in Kyleakin. This tidal inlet provides the perfect habitat for the pink sea thrift and other specialized plants that survive being immersed in sea water. Waders and wildfowl find a rich feeding area here, with oyster catchers and herons a common sight.<br /> <br /> The village of Kyleakin was on the plan for development in 1811, when Lord Macdonald, landowner at that time, wanted to create the 'new Liverpool'. The village was to be turned into an industrial and commercial centre, but plans never materialized, and over the years Kyleakin grew more as the gateway to Skye, with the crossing between Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin being the most used route. The construction of the Skye Bridge in 1995 meant that Kyleakin was bypassed by traffic. With the area's previous prosperity linked with tourism, Kyleakin has worked hard at marketing the small village as a spot not to be passed by, with redesign of the harbour area, commissioned artworks and walks, all designed to make a short stay worthwhile. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />