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TITLE
Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0309
PLACENAME
Cromarty Firth
DATE OF IMAGE
1956
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32213
KEYWORDS
postcards
firths
mountains
harbours
oil
Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis

This postcard from 1956 shows the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis.

The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the Moray Firth which separates the Black Isle from the mainland. Formed at the same time as Loch Ness it is a deep, natural harbour. Surrounded by rich, arable land it was a centre for herring fishing in its heyday and enjoyed trade with the continent. In 1912 it became a naval base and provided a safe anchorage for the fleet in both world wars. More recently the Cromarty Firth has been used for the construction, repair and mothballing of North Sea oil rigs.

Ben Wyvis, at 3430 feet, is the largest and highest mountain on the east of Scotland north of Inverness. Wyvis possibly derives from the Gaelic "fhuathais" which could have a number of meanings - terror, awesome, high, noble and spectral. This great mountain is all of these. In the eastern corries snow lies for many months and when the Mackenzies held the land from the King it was on the condition that they could produce a snowball whenever it was demanded

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Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis

1950s

postcards; firths; mountains; harbours; oil

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from 1956 shows the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis.<br /> <br /> The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the Moray Firth which separates the Black Isle from the mainland. Formed at the same time as Loch Ness it is a deep, natural harbour. Surrounded by rich, arable land it was a centre for herring fishing in its heyday and enjoyed trade with the continent. In 1912 it became a naval base and provided a safe anchorage for the fleet in both world wars. More recently the Cromarty Firth has been used for the construction, repair and mothballing of North Sea oil rigs.<br /> <br /> Ben Wyvis, at 3430 feet, is the largest and highest mountain on the east of Scotland north of Inverness. Wyvis possibly derives from the Gaelic "fhuathais" which could have a number of meanings - terror, awesome, high, noble and spectral. This great mountain is all of these. In the eastern corries snow lies for many months and when the Mackenzies held the land from the King it was on the condition that they could produce a snowball whenever it was demanded