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TITLE
Strath, Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_015
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22558
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Strath, Gairloch

This photograph shows a view of the small crofting community of Strath, in Wester Ross. A cocker spaniel can be seen in the foreground and three small row boats are tied up on beach, in the left corner of the image.

Strath is one of several small crofting communities located along the shores of Loch Gairloch, which have been in recent times collectively termed Gairloch. Strath was originally largely settled when crofters were relocated during the Clearances to the coast, in order to make way for extensive sheep farming. The raised beach, as seen in the photograph, provided flat land suitable for small-scale agriculture and which the inhabitants supplemented with fishing.

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.

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Strath, Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph shows a view of the small crofting community of Strath, in Wester Ross. A cocker spaniel can be seen in the foreground and three small row boats are tied up on beach, in the left corner of the image.<br /> <br /> Strath is one of several small crofting communities located along the shores of Loch Gairloch, which have been in recent times collectively termed Gairloch. Strath was originally largely settled when crofters were relocated during the Clearances to the coast, in order to make way for extensive sheep farming. The raised beach, as seen in the photograph, provided flat land suitable for small-scale agriculture and which the inhabitants supplemented with fishing.<br /> <br /> 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.