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TITLE
Farm at Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_016
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22559
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Farm at Gairloch

This photograph contains a view across Loch Gairloch to the far shore of Flowerdale Bay. A rugged landscape, sculpted by the Ice Age, of sea-lochs and barren, rocky mountains, Gairloch is the principle community in the area. The name originates 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 through 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 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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Farm at Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph contains a view across Loch Gairloch to the far shore of Flowerdale Bay. A rugged landscape, sculpted by the Ice Age, of sea-lochs and barren, rocky mountains, Gairloch is the principle community in the area. The name originates 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 through 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 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.