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TITLE
The Sands of Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0493
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32420
KEYWORDS
postcards
beaches
lochs
islands
Horrisdale
Thor
Vikings
Norse
Picts
forts
An Dun
resorts
Victorians
The Sands of Gairloch

This postcard shows the sands of Gairloch.

Loch Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.

This view from the sandy beach, across the loch, is of its southern shore where a number of islands create a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. The largest island is Eilean Horrisdale. The name comes from Thor, the Norse God of thunder, and is a reminder that the Vikings once held sway along this coast.

At the far end of the beach, on top of the rocky promontory, are the low grass-covered walls of a small Pictish fort, An Dun.

The fine beaches, beautiful scenery and clean air have made Gairloch a popular holiday resort since Victorian times.

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The Sands of Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

1930s

postcards; beaches; lochs; islands; Horrisdale; Thor; Vikings; Norse; Picts; forts; An Dun; resorts; Victorians

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the sands of Gairloch.<br /> <br /> Loch Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.<br /> <br /> This view from the sandy beach, across the loch, is of its southern shore where a number of islands create a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. The largest island is Eilean Horrisdale. The name comes from Thor, the Norse God of thunder, and is a reminder that the Vikings once held sway along this coast.<br /> <br /> At the far end of the beach, on top of the rocky promontory, are the low grass-covered walls of a small Pictish fort, An Dun.<br /> <br /> The fine beaches, beautiful scenery and clean air have made Gairloch a popular holiday resort since Victorian times.