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TITLE
Free Church at Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_013
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22556
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churches
Free Church at Gairloch

This photograph contains a view of the Free Church in the fishing village of Gairloch. One of the village's two churches, this compact brown-stone building takes advantage of some magnificent views across Loch Gairloch.

The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small settlements. Prior to the completion of road access in 1843, access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists whishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. This boom followed the visitation of Queen Victoria herself, who rested at there during her stay in 1877 at the nearby Loch Maree Hotel.

Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily crab and lobster fishing and shellfish collection. Tourism still remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip in order to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged coastline, 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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Free Church at Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

churches

George Hendry

This photograph contains a view of the Free Church in the fishing village of Gairloch. One of the village's two churches, this compact brown-stone building takes advantage of some magnificent views across Loch Gairloch.<br /> <br /> The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small settlements. Prior to the completion of road access in 1843, access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists whishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. This boom followed the visitation of Queen Victoria herself, who rested at there during her stay in 1877 at the nearby Loch Maree Hotel.<br /> <br /> Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily crab and lobster fishing and shellfish collection. Tourism still remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip in order to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged coastline, 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.