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TITLE
Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_036
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22579
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Gairloch

This photograph shows a view from Gairloch looking out across Loch Gairloch to Longa Island and the Isle of Skye beyond. Longa Island is presently uninhabited and is primarily composed of sandstone covered with grass and heather. A small fishing community resided on the island during the early years of the eighteenth century, but it was abandoned during the later years of that century.

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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Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph shows a view from Gairloch looking out across Loch Gairloch to Longa Island and the Isle of Skye beyond. Longa Island is presently uninhabited and is primarily composed of sandstone covered with grass and heather. A small fishing community resided on the island during the early years of the eighteenth century, but it was abandoned during the later years of that century.<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.