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Scoraig Salmon boat off Rubha Reidh
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BUSH_006
PLACENAME
Rubha Reidh
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
CREATOR
Alun Bush
SOURCE
Alan Bush
ASSET ID
22007
KEYWORDS
fishing
fishermen
fishing boats
Scorraig
Scoraig Salmon boat off Rubha Reidh

This photograph shows two salmon fishermen in a fishing boat off Rubha Reidh, on the Scoraig peninsula. The man at the helm is Bill Macrae. The man with his back to the camera is Simon Mackenzie of Aultandubh. The photographer, and engine man, was Alun Bush.

They used to fish in the mouth of Little Loch Broom. This photograph was taken at the the end of the fishing season. The boat is being taken to Gairloch for the winter.

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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Scoraig Salmon boat off Rubha Reidh

ROSS: Lochbroom

fishing; fishermen; fishing boats; Scorraig

Alan Bush

Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg

This photograph shows two salmon fishermen in a fishing boat off Rubha Reidh, on the Scoraig peninsula. The man at the helm is Bill Macrae. The man with his back to the camera is Simon Mackenzie of Aultandubh. The photographer, and engine man, was Alun Bush.<br /> <br /> They used to fish in the mouth of Little Loch Broom. This photograph was taken at the the end of the fishing season. The boat is being taken to Gairloch for the winter.<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.