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TITLE
Clachan of Little Sand
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_037
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22580
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Clachan of Little Sand

This photograph shows a view of Clachan at Little Sand. Little Sand is a small crofting community in the vicinity of the village of Gairloch and Big Sand beach, in Wester Ross. As with the other communities in the Gairloch region, Little Sand was settled by crofters during the early nineteenth century, at the time of the Clearances. Crofters were moved off their traditional homelands by landowners, eager to more money from more lucrative wide-scale sheep farming. They were settled in small allotments of land along the west coast, and made their living from subsistence crofting and fishing.

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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Clachan of Little Sand

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph shows a view of Clachan at Little Sand. Little Sand is a small crofting community in the vicinity of the village of Gairloch and Big Sand beach, in Wester Ross. As with the other communities in the Gairloch region, Little Sand was settled by crofters during the early nineteenth century, at the time of the Clearances. Crofters were moved off their traditional homelands by landowners, eager to more money from more lucrative wide-scale sheep farming. They were settled in small allotments of land along the west coast, and made their living from subsistence crofting and fishing.<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.