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Boisbhean and Ben Alligan fom Gairloch

This postcard shows Boisbhean and Ben Alligin from Gairloch.

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

Boisbhean, or Baosbheinn, is in the centre and Ben, or Beinn, Alligin is on the right. On the left is Beinn an Eoin. All three 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).

Beinn an Eoin, the peak of the bird, at 2804 feet (855 metres) is also Corbett.

In the foreground is Strath, one of the settlements on the shore of the loch which are collectively known as Gairloch.

Strath is a crofting township. During the Clearances people were moved from the inland glens to make way for sheep. They were settled on the coast. At Strath a raised beach provided flat land for subsistence farming which was combined with fishing, in particular cod fishing. Each crofter would have grown some hemp to be used for nets and lines. Strath became a centre of commerce with shops, a mill and boat building yard. Even now it is common for villagers to have more than one occupation.

Today there are hotels and inns, self catering cottages and caravan parks. The area particularly attracts hill walkers and wildlife watchers.

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Boisbhean and Ben Alligan fom Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

1920s; 1930s

postcards; lochs; beaches; churches; hotels; Torridon; Baosbheinn; Beinn Alligin; Beinn an Eoin; sandstone; quartzite; crofting; townships; Clearances; fishing; boat building; occupations

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This postcard shows Boisbhean and Ben Alligin from Gairloch.<br /> <br /> Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.<br /> <br /> Boisbhean, or Baosbheinn, is in the centre and Ben, or Beinn, Alligin is on the right. On the left is Beinn an Eoin. All three 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 /> Beinn an Eoin, the peak of the bird, at 2804 feet (855 metres) is also Corbett.<br /> <br /> In the foreground is Strath, one of the settlements on the shore of the loch which are collectively known as Gairloch.<br /> <br /> Strath is a crofting township. During the Clearances people were moved from the inland glens to make way for sheep. They were settled on the coast. At Strath a raised beach provided flat land for subsistence farming which was combined with fishing, in particular cod fishing. Each crofter would have grown some hemp to be used for nets and lines. Strath became a centre of commerce with shops, a mill and boat building yard. Even now it is common for villagers to have more than one occupation.<br /> <br /> Today there are hotels and inns, self catering cottages and caravan parks. The area particularly attracts hill walkers and wildlife watchers.