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TITLE
The pier, Mallaig
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0048
PLACENAME
Mallaig
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Glenelg
DATE OF IMAGE
PERIOD
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31931
KEYWORDS
postcards
fishing
railways
ferries
ferry boats
The pier, Mallaig

This postcard from the early 20th century shows the pier at Mallaig.

Situated on the northwest peninsula of Morar, looking across the Sound of Sleat to Skye, Mallaig in the 19th century was a small fishing and crofting village of black houses laid out by Lord Lovat at the time of the potato famine. He had a pier and salt store built and fishing became increasingly important. The railway opened in 1901 and Mallaig became not only a thriving harbour for fleets fishing in the rich waters of the Minch but also a busy port of call for steamers with an increasingly interested tourist trade.

Mallaig is still the main fishing port on the west coast between Oban and Ullapool although shellfish have replaced herring as the main catch. The West Highland Line ends here and ferries link the mainland to the islands.

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The pier, Mallaig

INVERNESS: Glenelg

postcards; fishing; railways; ferries; ferry boats

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early 20th century shows the pier at Mallaig.<br /> <br /> Situated on the northwest peninsula of Morar, looking across the Sound of Sleat to Skye, Mallaig in the 19th century was a small fishing and crofting village of black houses laid out by Lord Lovat at the time of the potato famine. He had a pier and salt store built and fishing became increasingly important. The railway opened in 1901 and Mallaig became not only a thriving harbour for fleets fishing in the rich waters of the Minch but also a busy port of call for steamers with an increasingly interested tourist trade. <br /> <br /> Mallaig is still the main fishing port on the west coast between Oban and Ullapool although shellfish have replaced herring as the main catch. The West Highland Line ends here and ferries link the mainland to the islands.