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TITLE
Crofting at Scoraig
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BUSH_020
PLACENAME
Scoraig
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Alan Bush
ASSET ID
22021
KEYWORDS
Scorraig
farm vehicles
tractors
Crofting at Scoraig

This photograph shows Martin Bush driving a tractor on his croft on the Scoraig peninsula. He took over the croft and its house, Tigh Scorraig, when his father emigrated to Australia in 1981.

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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Crofting at Scoraig

ROSS: Lochbroom

1980s

Scorraig; farm vehicles; tractors

Alan Bush

Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg

This photograph shows Martin Bush driving a tractor on his croft on the Scoraig peninsula. He took over the croft and its house, Tigh Scorraig, when his father emigrated to Australia in 1981.<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.