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TITLE
Scene at Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_031
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22574
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Scene at Gairloch

This photograph contains a view from Gairloch, looking out to sea through Loch Gairloch. Located in Wester Ross along the A832, the area is famous for its rugged, mountainous scenery and its sandy beaches.

The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small crofting 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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Scene at Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph contains a view from Gairloch, looking out to sea through Loch Gairloch. Located in Wester Ross along the A832, the area is famous for its rugged, mountainous scenery and its sandy beaches.<br /> <br /> The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small crofting 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.