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TITLE
Gruinard Bay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0599
PLACENAME
Gruinard Bay
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32520
KEYWORDS
postcards
anthrax
biological weapons
raised beaches
Beinn Ghobhlach
Gruinard Bay

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.

In the foreground, above the shore, is a raised beach - a former beach formed by a drop in the sea level.

In the distance is Beinn Ghobhlach, meaning horned or forked, a mountain on the Scoraig Peninsula between Little Loch Broom and Loch Broom. At 2083 feet (635metres) it may not be one of Scotland's highest peaks but its isolation makes it very impressive.

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

ROSS: Gairloch

1940s

postcards; anthrax; biological weapons; raised beaches; Beinn Ghobhlach

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 /> In the foreground, above the shore, is a raised beach - a former beach formed by a drop in the sea level.<br /> <br /> In the distance is Beinn Ghobhlach, meaning horned or forked, a mountain on the Scoraig Peninsula between Little Loch Broom and Loch Broom. At 2083 feet (635metres) it may not be one of Scotland's highest peaks but its isolation makes it very impressive.<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