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TITLE
Loch Carron from Plockton, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080557
PLACENAME
Plockton
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
June 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20043
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Loch Carron from Plockton, 1997

Loch Carron from Plockton, photographed in June 1997.

During the 1700s the settlement that is now Plockton was known as Am Ploc and its main industry was crofting. As a consequence of the Highland Clearances, the village became a point of embarkation for those who had been evicted from their land. Am Ploc was renamed Plockton when it later became a prosperous fishing town.

Plockton was laid out as a modern village for Lord Seaforth in about 1794. The new owner of the estate in 1808, Sir Hugh Innes, provided homes for his cleared tenants. For many years their main income came from shipbuilding and fishing. In 1851 Sir Alexander Matheson bought the Lochalsh Estate and some years later built Duncraig castle overlooking this bay. Plockton is renowned for its mild climate created by the flow of the Gulf Stream, allowing the palm trees to thrive along the shore.

The sea loch of Loch Carron measures five by three quarters of a mile and runs northeast to southwest, flowing to the narrows at Stromeferry. At the head of the loch sit the villages of Lochcarron and Glen Carron, home to the Achnashellach Forest. The hills of Torridon and Applecross are nearby.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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Loch Carron from Plockton, 1997

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Loch Carron from Plockton, photographed in June 1997.<br /> <br /> During the 1700s the settlement that is now Plockton was known as Am Ploc and its main industry was crofting. As a consequence of the Highland Clearances, the village became a point of embarkation for those who had been evicted from their land. Am Ploc was renamed Plockton when it later became a prosperous fishing town. <br /> <br /> Plockton was laid out as a modern village for Lord Seaforth in about 1794. The new owner of the estate in 1808, Sir Hugh Innes, provided homes for his cleared tenants. For many years their main income came from shipbuilding and fishing. In 1851 Sir Alexander Matheson bought the Lochalsh Estate and some years later built Duncraig castle overlooking this bay. Plockton is renowned for its mild climate created by the flow of the Gulf Stream, allowing the palm trees to thrive along the shore.<br /> <br /> The sea loch of Loch Carron measures five by three quarters of a mile and runs northeast to southwest, flowing to the narrows at Stromeferry. At the head of the loch sit the villages of Lochcarron and Glen Carron, home to the Achnashellach Forest. The hills of Torridon and Applecross are nearby.<br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.