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TITLE
Loch Garve
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0586
PLACENAME
Loch Garve
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Contin
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32508
KEYWORDS
postcards
Skye Railway
Black Water
Killen
Killin
Fionn
pegmatites
garnets
kelpies
waterhorses
Loch Garve

This postcard shows Loch Garve, Ross-shire.

The Gaelic name for Loch Garve is Loch Maol Fhinn, the loch of the followers of St Fionn. The Roy Map of 1747 names it Loch Killen and in the New Statistical Account (1834-45) it is referred to as Loch Killin. Killin, in Gaelic Cill-Fhinn, Fionn's chapel, is at the west end of the loch. Garve is from the Gaelic "gairbh" meaning rough place. Pegmatite rocks (coarse grained, igneous rock from ancient slow cooling lava) containing garnets have been found around Loch Garve.

An iron girder bridge, at the extreme eastern end of the loch, carries the Skye Railway over the River Black Water. The railway, which opened in 1870, runs the length of the loch close to the southern shore.

There is a story of a kelpie, or waterhorse, living in Loch Garve. A kelpie may appear as a man or a horse. The kelpie in Loch Garve had, as kelpies do, carried off a girl to be his wife and although he provided her with a fine house under the water and plenty fresh food she was unhappy because she was so cold. The kelpie was kind and he loved his wife. In the guise of a horse he went to the village of Garve in search of a mason. He allowed the mason to catch and mount him but then carried him back to the loch. He persuaded the mason to build a fireplace and a chimney for the house under the water before returning him unharmed to the village. The kelpie's wife then had warmth and cooked food and was happy. As a reward the mason just had to stand beside the loch and say "fish" and the next day he would find a basket of fresh fish left for him. It is said that there is a spot on the loch which never freezes over because of the heat rising from the kelpie's chimney.

Loch Garve and the Black Water are both well known for fishing.

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Loch Garve

ROSS: Contin

1910s

postcards; Skye Railway; Black Water; Killen; Killin; Fionn; pegmatites; garnets; kelpies; waterhorses

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Loch Garve, Ross-shire.<br /> <br /> The Gaelic name for Loch Garve is Loch Maol Fhinn, the loch of the followers of St Fionn. The Roy Map of 1747 names it Loch Killen and in the New Statistical Account (1834-45) it is referred to as Loch Killin. Killin, in Gaelic Cill-Fhinn, Fionn's chapel, is at the west end of the loch. Garve is from the Gaelic "gairbh" meaning rough place. Pegmatite rocks (coarse grained, igneous rock from ancient slow cooling lava) containing garnets have been found around Loch Garve.<br /> <br /> An iron girder bridge, at the extreme eastern end of the loch, carries the Skye Railway over the River Black Water. The railway, which opened in 1870, runs the length of the loch close to the southern shore.<br /> <br /> There is a story of a kelpie, or waterhorse, living in Loch Garve. A kelpie may appear as a man or a horse. The kelpie in Loch Garve had, as kelpies do, carried off a girl to be his wife and although he provided her with a fine house under the water and plenty fresh food she was unhappy because she was so cold. The kelpie was kind and he loved his wife. In the guise of a horse he went to the village of Garve in search of a mason. He allowed the mason to catch and mount him but then carried him back to the loch. He persuaded the mason to build a fireplace and a chimney for the house under the water before returning him unharmed to the village. The kelpie's wife then had warmth and cooked food and was happy. As a reward the mason just had to stand beside the loch and say "fish" and the next day he would find a basket of fresh fish left for him. It is said that there is a spot on the loch which never freezes over because of the heat rising from the kelpie's chimney.<br /> <br /> Loch Garve and the Black Water are both well known for fishing.