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TITLE
Strath, Gairloch from Auchtercairn
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0538
PLACENAME
Strath
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1940s; 1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32464
KEYWORDS
postcards
crofting
townships
Clearances
raised beaches
fishing
hemp
occupations
Strath, Gairloch from Auchtercairn

This postcard shows Strath, Gairloch, from Auchtercairn

Strath is a crofting township situated in Wester Ross. It is one of several small communities, including Auchtercairn, 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.

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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Strath, Gairloch from Auchtercairn

ROSS: Gairloch

1940s; 1950s

postcards; crofting; townships; Clearances; raised beaches; fishing; hemp; occupations

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Strath, Gairloch, from Auchtercairn<br /> <br /> Strath is a crofting township situated in Wester Ross. It is one of several small communities, including Auchtercairn, 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 /> Today there are hotels and inns, self catering cottages and caravan parks. The area particularly attracts hill walkers and wildlife watchers.