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TITLE
First Haymaking at Scoraig, 1963
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BUSH_002
PLACENAME
Scoraig
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
DATE OF IMAGE
1963
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Alan Bush
ASSET ID
22003
KEYWORDS
agriculture
crofting
crops
arable land
Scorraig
First Haymaking at Scoraig, 1963

In 1963, Alun Bush and his family moved to Scoraig where he became a crofter-fisherman. This photograph shows Alun and his children in front of a hay coil. It was taken during their first haymaking season in 1963. He emigrated to Australia in 1981 but returned in 1996 to establish Scorraig Weave.

Scoraig is a small settlement on the peninsula between Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. It is only accessible via the five- mile Creag a'Chadha footpath or by a short boat trip. The population has fluctuated greatly over the centuries. From a couple of hundred in the 19th century it dwindled to just a handful of people in the 1960s. However, it then saw something of a resurgence with an influx of people who were looking to pursue what would now be called an "alternative" lifestyle that wasn't possible in much of the rest of the country.

The area came to prominence in the late 1970s when Hugh Piggott established Scoraig Wind Electric which produced small wind turbines to supply power to the properties on the peninsula. To this day, wind is still the main source of power-generation. Most of the residents support themselves through traditional activities such as crofting, fishing, weaving and vegetable-growing. There is a school which provides education for 3-14 year olds.

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First Haymaking at Scoraig, 1963

ROSS: Lochbroom

1960s

agriculture; crofting; crops; arable land; Scorraig

Alan Bush

Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg

In 1963, Alun Bush and his family moved to Scoraig where he became a crofter-fisherman. This photograph shows Alun and his children in front of a hay coil. It was taken during their first haymaking season in 1963. He emigrated to Australia in 1981 but returned in 1996 to establish Scorraig Weave.<br /> <br /> Scoraig is a small settlement on the peninsula between Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. It is only accessible via the five- mile Creag a'Chadha footpath or by a short boat trip. The population has fluctuated greatly over the centuries. From a couple of hundred in the 19th century it dwindled to just a handful of people in the 1960s. However, it then saw something of a resurgence with an influx of people who were looking to pursue what would now be called an "alternative" lifestyle that wasn't possible in much of the rest of the country.<br /> <br /> The area came to prominence in the late 1970s when Hugh Piggott established Scoraig Wind Electric which produced small wind turbines to supply power to the properties on the peninsula. To this day, wind is still the main source of power-generation. Most of the residents support themselves through traditional activities such as crofting, fishing, weaving and vegetable-growing. There is a school which provides education for 3-14 year olds.