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TITLE
Strath Kannaird, the Lochinver to Ullapool Road
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PWG_POSTCARDS_017
PLACENAME
Strathkanaird
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
PERIOD
1940s; 1950s
SOURCE
PFW Grant
ASSET ID
29677
KEYWORDS
postcards
geology
tourism
fishing industry
Strath Kannaird, the Lochinver to Ullapool Road

This postcard shows the Lochinver to Ullapool road in Strath Kannaird (Strathkanaird). It has recently been brought to our attention that although the card is printed 'Strath Kannaird' the area shown is actually a few miles nearer Ullapool and is known as Glutton. At some point after this photograph was taken the stone wall and parapet shown collapsed and the Council were forced to extend the width of the road into the rock face. Strictly speaking Strathcanaird is the valley of the Canaird river.

Lochinver is situated on the west coast of Sutherland about 30 miles north of Ullapool. It is a busy fishing port, despite the decline in herring fishing. One of the major attractions of the area is the dramatic landscape and the mountains are popular with climbers and geologists alike.

The village of Ullapool was set up in the 1780s by the British Fisheries Society. The aim of the society was to create a wealth-producing trade in areas where people were living a life of basic self-sufficiency. Herring was Ullapool's main resource and while it was plentiful the village prospered. However in 1797 the herring failed to arrive in Loch Broom. This pattern repeated itself until the 1820s when the project was deemed a failure and the village was sold. Today Ullapool is a popular tourist centre and the venue for several music festivals. Since 1973 it has been the terminus for the vehicular ferry service to Stornoway

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Strath Kannaird, the Lochinver to Ullapool Road

ROSS: Lochbroom

1940s; 1950s

postcards; geology; tourism; fishing industry

PFW Grant

This postcard shows the Lochinver to Ullapool road in Strath Kannaird (Strathkanaird). It has recently been brought to our attention that although the card is printed 'Strath Kannaird' the area shown is actually a few miles nearer Ullapool and is known as Glutton. At some point after this photograph was taken the stone wall and parapet shown collapsed and the Council were forced to extend the width of the road into the rock face. Strictly speaking Strathcanaird is the valley of the Canaird river.<br /> <br /> Lochinver is situated on the west coast of Sutherland about 30 miles north of Ullapool. It is a busy fishing port, despite the decline in herring fishing. One of the major attractions of the area is the dramatic landscape and the mountains are popular with climbers and geologists alike. <br /> <br /> The village of Ullapool was set up in the 1780s by the British Fisheries Society. The aim of the society was to create a wealth-producing trade in areas where people were living a life of basic self-sufficiency. Herring was Ullapool's main resource and while it was plentiful the village prospered. However in 1797 the herring failed to arrive in Loch Broom. This pattern repeated itself until the 1820s when the project was deemed a failure and the village was sold. Today Ullapool is a popular tourist centre and the venue for several music festivals. Since 1973 it has been the terminus for the vehicular ferry service to Stornoway