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TITLE
Village of Shieldaig at Lochs Shieldaig and Torridon
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0903
PLACENAME
Shieldaig
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32825
KEYWORDS
postcards
lochs
mountains
villages
islands
bird sanctuary
bird sanctuaries
place names
Village of Shieldaig at Lochs Shieldaig and Torridon

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig situated by the shores of Loch Shieldaig. Loch Torridon can be seen in the distance. The island in the centre of the postcard is Shieldaig Island.

It is thought that Shieldaig Island was planted with Scots pine seeds during the 1800s to provide Shieldaig village with poles for fishing nets and ships. Shieldaig Island is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland as a site of special scientific interest. It is home to many types of bird including kestrels, herons and owls.

The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principal reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to serve in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig to build housing and boats and £2700 was spent on building Shieldaig's three main streets. The trained seamen of Shieldaig were never required to fight due to the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo but the village continued to prosper with the boom of the herring fishing industry.

Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry revolves around prawns and mussels, with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, meaning 'Herring Bay'

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Village of Shieldaig at Lochs Shieldaig and Torridon

ROSS: Applecross

1950s

postcards; lochs; mountains; villages; islands; bird sanctuary; bird sanctuaries; place names

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig situated by the shores of Loch Shieldaig. Loch Torridon can be seen in the distance. The island in the centre of the postcard is Shieldaig Island. <br /> <br /> It is thought that Shieldaig Island was planted with Scots pine seeds during the 1800s to provide Shieldaig village with poles for fishing nets and ships. Shieldaig Island is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland as a site of special scientific interest. It is home to many types of bird including kestrels, herons and owls.<br /> <br /> The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principal reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to serve in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig to build housing and boats and £2700 was spent on building Shieldaig's three main streets. The trained seamen of Shieldaig were never required to fight due to the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo but the village continued to prosper with the boom of the herring fishing industry. <br /> <br /> Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry revolves around prawns and mussels, with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, meaning 'Herring Bay'