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TITLE
Strath, Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0532
PLACENAME
Strath
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32458
KEYWORDS
postcards
crofting
townships
Clearances
fishing
hemp
occupations
churches
Baosbheinn
Beinn Alligin
Torridon
mountains
Strath, Gairloch

This postcard shows Strath, Gairloch.

Strath is a crofting township situated in Wester Ross. It is one of several small communities on the shore of Loch Gairloch which only relatively recently have been collectively called Gairloch.

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 inhabitants to have more than one occupation.

In the background on the left is the Gairloch Hotel. To the right of it are the Free Church and the beautiful sands of Gairloch. Rising behind is Baosbheinn with Beinn Alligin on the right. Both peaks belong to the Torridon Mountain range.

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Strath, Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

1930s

postcards; crofting; townships; Clearances; fishing; hemp; occupations; churches; Baosbheinn; Beinn Alligin; Torridon; mountains

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Strath, Gairloch.<br /> <br /> Strath is a crofting township situated in Wester Ross. It is one of several small communities on the shore of Loch Gairloch which only relatively recently have been collectively called Gairloch.<br /> <br /> 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 inhabitants to have more than one occupation.<br /> <br /> In the background on the left is the Gairloch Hotel. To the right of it are the Free Church and the beautiful sands of Gairloch. Rising behind is Baosbheinn with Beinn Alligin on the right. Both peaks belong to the Torridon Mountain range.