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TITLE
The Sands, Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0496
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32423
KEYWORDS
postcards
beaches
lochs
islands
Horrisdale
Thor
Vikings
Norse
Picts
forts
An Dun
resorts
Victorians
The Sands, Gairloch

This postcard from the middle of the twentieth century shows the sands, Gairloch.

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

In the foreground is the old burial ground. 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.

In the background is the southern shore of the loch 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.

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

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The Sands, Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

1950s

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

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the middle of the twentieth century shows the sands, Gairloch.<br /> <br /> Loch Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.<br /> <br /> In the foreground is the old burial ground. 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 /> In the background is the southern shore of the loch 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 /> The fine beaches, beautiful scenery and clean air have made Gairloch a popular holiday resort since Victorian times.