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TITLE
Sandy Bay at Little Sand
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_019
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22562
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Sandy Bay at Little Sand

This photograph provides a view along Sandy Bay at Little Sand, looking south-east across Loch Gairloch towards the Torridonian mountains in the background. Crofts can be seen on the nearby hill which descends to form the shoreline. Located a couple of miles further up the coast from the crofting and fishing community of Gairloch, the area contains some the west coast's most popular and scenic beaches. These include Big Sand, which possesses a camping and caravanning area.

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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Sandy Bay at Little Sand

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph provides a view along Sandy Bay at Little Sand, looking south-east across Loch Gairloch towards the Torridonian mountains in the background. Crofts can be seen on the nearby hill which descends to form the shoreline. Located a couple of miles further up the coast from the crofting and fishing community of Gairloch, the area contains some the west coast's most popular and scenic beaches. These include Big Sand, which possesses a camping and caravanning area.<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.