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TITLE
Gairloch, Boishbhean and Ben Alligan
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0516
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1920s; 1930s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32442
KEYWORDS
postcards
Torridon
mountains
churches
hotels
Gairloch, Boishbhean and Ben Alligan

This postcard shows Gairloch, Boisbhean and Ben Alligin

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

Boisbhean, or Baosbheinn, on the left, and Ben, or Beinn, Alligin, on the right, belong to the Torridon Mountain range, a remote area of spectacular scenery which lies between Loch Maree and Loch Torridon. The mountains are formed of Torridonian sandstone and some contain white quartzite which can give the impression of snow. Several of the peaks rise to over 3300 feet (1000 metres).

Baosbheinn, at 2870 feet high (875 metres), is a Corbett - a mountain between 2,500 feet and 2,999 feet. The meaning is usually taken to be the wizard's peak.

Beinn Alligin is a Munro - a mountain over 3,000 feet. Its name is usually translated as the jewel and it has two peaks. Sgurr Mhor, the big peak, is 3231 (985 metres) feet and Tom na Grugaich, the hill of the damsel, is 3018 feet (920 metres).

In the centre is the Free Church of Scotland and on the left is the Gairloch Hotel.

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Gairloch, Boishbhean and Ben Alligan

ROSS: Gairloch

1920s; 1930s

postcards; Torridon; mountains; churches; hotels

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Gairloch, Boisbhean and Ben Alligin<br /> <br /> Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.<br /> <br /> Boisbhean, or Baosbheinn, on the left, and Ben, or Beinn, Alligin, on the right, belong to the Torridon Mountain range, a remote area of spectacular scenery which lies between Loch Maree and Loch Torridon. The mountains are formed of Torridonian sandstone and some contain white quartzite which can give the impression of snow. Several of the peaks rise to over 3300 feet (1000 metres).<br /> <br /> Baosbheinn, at 2870 feet high (875 metres), is a Corbett - a mountain between 2,500 feet and 2,999 feet. The meaning is usually taken to be the wizard's peak.<br /> <br /> Beinn Alligin is a Munro - a mountain over 3,000 feet. Its name is usually translated as the jewel and it has two peaks. Sgurr Mhor, the big peak, is 3231 (985 metres) feet and Tom na Grugaich, the hill of the damsel, is 3018 feet (920 metres).<br /> <br /> In the centre is the Free Church of Scotland and on the left is the Gairloch Hotel.