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TITLE
Near Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GHENDRY_040
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
George Hendry
ASSET ID
22583
KEYWORDS
landscapes
coasts
Near Gairloch

This photograph shows a view west of Gairloch, between Gairloch and Carn Dearg. The island of Longa can be seen in the background, in the centre of the image. The rugged scenery is typical of the region and the sheep in the foreground are also a common enough sight. Sparsely populated, the area 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 make 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 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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Near Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

landscapes; coasts

George Hendry

This photograph shows a view west of Gairloch, between Gairloch and Carn Dearg. The island of Longa can be seen in the background, in the centre of the image. The rugged scenery is typical of the region and the sheep in the foreground are also a common enough sight. Sparsely populated, the area 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 make 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 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.