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TITLE
From Strath, Gairloch, looking to Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0540
PLACENAME
Strath
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1910s; 1920s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32466
KEYWORDS
postcards
crofting
townships
Clearances
fishing
hemp
occupations
Trotternish
basalt
cliffs
From Strath, Gairloch, looking to Skye

This postcard shows a view from Strath, Gairloch looking to Skye

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.

The view across the mouth of Loch Gairloch is to the Trotternish Peninsula in the north east of Skye. Here the steep basalt cliffs of the Trotternish Escarpment, famous for its spectacular crags and pinnacles, rise up to over 2,363 feet (719 metres)

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From Strath, Gairloch, looking to Skye

ROSS: Gairloch

1910s; 1920s

postcards; crofting; townships; Clearances; fishing; hemp; occupations; Trotternish; basalt; cliffs

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view from Strath, Gairloch looking to Skye<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 /> The view across the mouth of Loch Gairloch is to the Trotternish Peninsula in the north east of Skye. Here the steep basalt cliffs of the Trotternish Escarpment, famous for its spectacular crags and pinnacles, rise up to over 2,363 feet (719 metres)