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TITLE
Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0597
PLACENAME
Gruinard Bay
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1950s; 1960s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32518
KEYWORDS
postcards
Torridon
biological weapons
raised beach
anthrax
Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross

This postcard shows Gruinard Bay, between Gairloch and Ullapool.

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

The bus is parked on Cabeg Hill, the steep descent down to the bay. Behind, above the shore, is a raised beach - a former beach formed by a drop in the sea level.

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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Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross

ROSS: Gairloch

1950s; 1960s

postcards; Torridon; biological weapons; raised beach; anthrax

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Gruinard Bay, between Gairloch and Ullapool.<br /> <br /> Gruinard Bay is an inlet of the sea on the coast of Wester Ross. It has beautiful beaches of pinkish sand from Torridon rock. Gruinard, from the Norse, means either green or shallow bay. Gruinard Bay 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 /> The bus is parked on Cabeg Hill, the steep descent down to the bay. Behind, above the shore, is a raised beach - a former beach formed by a drop in the sea level.<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.