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TITLE
Shieldaig and Torridon Mountains
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0906
PLACENAME
Shieldaig
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32828
KEYWORDS
postcards
lochs
mountains
Loch Shieldaig
Shieldaig Island
fishing industry
herring
Royal Navy
Napoleonic Wars
Admiralty
Shieldaig
Torridon Hills
Torridonian sandstone
geology
Liathach
Beinn Eighe
Beinn Alligin
Beinn Dearg
Shieldaig and Torridon Mountains

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig and the Torridon mountains in Wester Ross. Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island are also shown.

The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principle reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to be used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig for building 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 consists of prawns and mussels with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, translating as 'Herring Bay'.

The Torridon hills or mountains are one of the highest range of peaks in Britain and have the reputation of being the oldest in Europe. They are made of sandstone known as Torridonian sandstone and are named Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg. Liathach is the highest of the hills and rises 3500 feet from the sea lochs

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Shieldaig and Torridon Mountains

ROSS: Applecross

1930s; 1940s

postcards; lochs; mountains; Loch Shieldaig; Shieldaig Island; fishing industry; herring; Royal Navy; Napoleonic Wars; Admiralty; Shieldaig; Torridon Hills; Torridonian sandstone; geology; Liathach; Beinn Eighe; Beinn Alligin; Beinn Dearg

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig and the Torridon mountains in Wester Ross. Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island are also shown. <br /> <br /> The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principle reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to be used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig for building 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 consists of prawns and mussels with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, translating as 'Herring Bay'.<br /> <br /> The Torridon hills or mountains are one of the highest range of peaks in Britain and have the reputation of being the oldest in Europe. They are made of sandstone known as Torridonian sandstone and are named Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg. Liathach is the highest of the hills and rises 3500 feet from the sea lochs