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Peat Seam at Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_026
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22569
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Peat Seam at Gairloch

This photograph shows a peat bank in Gairloch, Wester Ross. Newly cut peat can be seen laid out in the vicinity of the seam, drying out in the sun. Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetative matter harvested from peat bogs. It has traditionally been a very important fuel source in the Highlands, particularly on the west coast, partly as a result of the scarcity of trees. It was cut in the spring to dry over the summer, and then used over the harsh winter season.

Peat fires are also used to dry malted barley for use in the distillation of whisky. This gives Scotch whisky its distinctive smoky flavour, which is frequently recognized as "peatiness" by its aficcionados.

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Peat Seam at Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph shows a peat bank in Gairloch, Wester Ross. Newly cut peat can be seen laid out in the vicinity of the seam, drying out in the sun. Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetative matter harvested from peat bogs. It has traditionally been a very important fuel source in the Highlands, particularly on the west coast, partly as a result of the scarcity of trees. It was cut in the spring to dry over the summer, and then used over the harsh winter season. <br /> <br /> Peat fires are also used to dry malted barley for use in the distillation of whisky. This gives Scotch whisky its distinctive smoky flavour, which is frequently recognized as "peatiness" by its aficcionados.