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TITLE
Ice house & salmon net green, Scoraig
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BUSH_005
PLACENAME
Scoraig
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Alan Bush
ASSET ID
22006
KEYWORDS
fishing
fishing nets
fishing industry
Scorraig
Ice house & salmon net green, Scoraig

This photograph shows three fishermen from Scoraig standing in front of the net green and ice-house. It is not known why they are in "fancy dress".

We have been able to identify two of those pictured. On the right is John Macrae and on the left is Roddy MacGregor. If anyone can help us identify the man in the middle, please do get in touch.

Net greens were areas set aside in fishing communities for nets to be repaired. Ice was used to preserve fish before it was transported to market.

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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Ice house & salmon net green, Scoraig

ROSS: Lochbroom

1930s

fishing; fishing nets; fishing industry; Scorraig

Alan Bush

Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg

This photograph shows three fishermen from Scoraig standing in front of the net green and ice-house. It is not known why they are in "fancy dress". <br /> <br /> We have been able to identify two of those pictured. On the right is John Macrae and on the left is Roddy MacGregor. If anyone can help us identify the man in the middle, please do get in touch.<br /> <br /> Net greens were areas set aside in fishing communities for nets to be repaired. Ice was used to preserve fish before it was transported to market.<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.