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TITLE
Gairloch Bay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0542
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32468
KEYWORDS
postcards
churches
Matthews and Lawrie
Picts
forts
An Dun
Horrisdale
Thor
Norse
Vikings
Victorians
Gairloch Bay

This postcard shows Gairloch Bay.

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

The building in the foreground is the Free Church, designed by Matthews and Lawrie and built in 1878.

At the far end of the beach, on top of the rocky promontory, are the low grass-covered walls of a small Pictish fort, An Dun.

In the background is the southern shore of the loch where a number of islands create a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. The largest island is Eilean Horrisdale. The name comes from Thor, the Norse God of thunder, and is a reminder that the Vikings once held sway along this coast.

The fine beaches, beautiful scenery and clean air have made Gairloch a popular holiday resort since Victorian times.

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Gairloch Bay

ROSS: Gairloch

1930s; 1940s

postcards; churches; Matthews and Lawrie; Picts; forts; An Dun; Horrisdale; Thor; Norse; Vikings; Victorians

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Gairloch Bay.<br /> <br /> Gairloch is situated in Wester Ross. Gairloch comes from the Gaelic 'Gear Loch' meaning short loch.<br /> <br /> The building in the foreground is the Free Church, designed by Matthews and Lawrie and built in 1878.<br /> <br /> At the far end of the beach, on top of the rocky promontory, are the low grass-covered walls of a small Pictish fort, An Dun.<br /> <br /> In the background is the southern shore of the loch where a number of islands create a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. The largest island is Eilean Horrisdale. The name comes from Thor, the Norse God of thunder, and is a reminder that the Vikings once held sway along this coast.<br /> <br /> The fine beaches, beautiful scenery and clean air have made Gairloch a popular holiday resort since Victorian times.