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Looking towards Big Sand, Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_007
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22550
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
bridges
Looking towards Big Sand, Gairloch

This photograph shows a view down the road south to the village of Gairloch and Flowerdale Bay. A man can be seen in the foreground, pushing his bike down towards the village and the rugged peaks of the Torridonian hills can be seen in the distance. Gairloch, a village on the north-west coast of Ross and Cromarty, derives its name from the Gaelic for 'short loch' and is located on Flowerdale Bay, a sheltered inlet which has been in the past, and still remains, an important anchorage on the coastline for fishing boats and yachts.

The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the road in 1843 (the current A832) access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit in 1877 by Queen Victoria, who rested there during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel.

Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily from crab and lobster fishing and the collection of shellfish. Tourism remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip with a view to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged scenery, rather than bathe on one of the area's numerous beaches or stalk deer in the hills, as their Victorian precursors were want to do.

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Looking towards Big Sand, Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts; bridges

George Hendry

This photograph shows a view down the road south to the village of Gairloch and Flowerdale Bay. A man can be seen in the foreground, pushing his bike down towards the village and the rugged peaks of the Torridonian hills can be seen in the distance. Gairloch, a village on the north-west coast of Ross and Cromarty, derives its name from the Gaelic for 'short loch' and is located on Flowerdale Bay, a sheltered inlet which has been in the past, and still remains, an important anchorage on the coastline for fishing boats and yachts. <br /> <br /> The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the road in 1843 (the current A832) access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit in 1877 by Queen Victoria, who rested there during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel.<br /> <br /> Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily from crab and lobster fishing and the collection of shellfish. Tourism remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip with a view to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged scenery, rather than bathe on one of the area's numerous beaches or stalk deer in the hills, as their Victorian precursors were want to do.