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TITLE
Gruinnard Hill and Bay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0592
PLACENAME
Gruinard Bay
DISTRICT
Gairloch
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32513
KEYWORDS
postcards
Cabeg
Torridon
Fraoch Eilean Mor
biological weapons
anthrax
Gruinnard Hill and Bay

This postcard shows Gruinnard, or Gruinard, Hill and Bay.

Gruinard, or Cabeg, Hill is the steep hill at the south end of Gruinard Bay, an inlet of the sea on the coast of Wester Ross. Gruinard Bay has beautiful beaches of pinkish sand from Torridon rock. Gruinard, from the Norse, means either green or shallow bay. It is both. Little Gruinard River, which flows from Fionn Loch in to the bay, marks the boundary between the parishes of Gairloch and Lochbroom.

Across the bay, close to the shore, is Fraoch Eilean Mor, the big heathery island.

Further out in the bay is Gruinard Island which, in 1942, was a testing site for biological weapons using anthrax. Anthrax can live in the soil for many years. It wasn't until 1990, after several attempts at decontamination, that the island was declared safe. Sheep now living on the island remain anthrax free.

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Gruinnard Hill and Bay

1950s

postcards; Cabeg; Torridon; Fraoch Eilean Mor; biological weapons; anthrax

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Gruinnard, or Gruinard, Hill and Bay.<br /> <br /> Gruinard, or Cabeg, Hill is the steep hill at the south end of Gruinard Bay, an inlet of the sea on the coast of Wester Ross. Gruinard Bay has beautiful beaches of pinkish sand from Torridon rock. Gruinard, from the Norse, means either green or shallow bay. It is both. Little Gruinard River, which flows from Fionn Loch in to the bay, marks the boundary between the parishes of Gairloch and Lochbroom.<br /> <br /> Across the bay, close to the shore, is Fraoch Eilean Mor, the big heathery island.<br /> <br /> Further out in the bay is Gruinard Island which, in 1942, was a testing site for biological weapons using anthrax. Anthrax can live in the soil for many years. It wasn't until 1990, after several attempts at decontamination, that the island was declared safe. Sheep now living on the island remain anthrax free.