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TITLE
Torridon Mountains, Shieldaig from Duriner
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1308
PLACENAME
Shieldaig
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33236
KEYWORDS
postcards
Ross-shire
Ross and Cromarty
Wester Ross
hills
mountains
villages
lochs
fish
rocks
Torridon Mountains, Shieldaig from Duriner

This postcard shows the mountains of Torridon forming a backdrop to Shieldaig village, strung out along the far shores of Loch Shieldaig. The name 'Shieldaig' comes from the Old Norse 'sild-vik', meaning 'herring-bay', but the herring have now largely disappeared from the area.

The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. As a by-product of this, it was hoped 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. With the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 the official support stopped, but the village continued to prosper because of the herring fishing. Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry revolves around prawns and mussels.

The Torridon group of mountains is one of the highest ranges in Britain and reputed to be among the oldest in Europe. The hills are formed mainly of Torridonian sandstone, with some exhibiting a topping of white quartzite and boulders of Lewisian Gneiss at the base. The range includes Beinn Alligin (985 metres, 3,230 feet); the nine peaks of Beinn Eighe, which rises to 1010 metres (3,313 feet) at Ruadh-stac Mor; and the seven peaks of the Liathach ridge, 1,054 metres (3,456 feet) at its highest point. Much of the land in the area belongs to the National Trust for Scotland which runs a visitor centre at Torridon.

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Torridon Mountains, Shieldaig from Duriner

ROSS: Applecross

1930s

postcards; Ross-shire; Ross and Cromarty; Wester Ross; hills; mountains; villages; lochs; fish; rocks

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the mountains of Torridon forming a backdrop to Shieldaig village, strung out along the far shores of Loch Shieldaig. The name 'Shieldaig' comes from the Old Norse 'sild-vik', meaning 'herring-bay', but the herring have now largely disappeared from the area. <br /> <br /> The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. As a by-product of this, it was hoped 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. With the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 the official support stopped, but the village continued to prosper because of the herring fishing. Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry revolves around prawns and mussels.<br /> <br /> The Torridon group of mountains is one of the highest ranges in Britain and reputed to be among the oldest in Europe. The hills are formed mainly of Torridonian sandstone, with some exhibiting a topping of white quartzite and boulders of Lewisian Gneiss at the base. The range includes Beinn Alligin (985 metres, 3,230 feet); the nine peaks of Beinn Eighe, which rises to 1010 metres (3,313 feet) at Ruadh-stac Mor; and the seven peaks of the Liathach ridge, 1,054 metres (3,456 feet) at its highest point. Much of the land in the area belongs to the National Trust for Scotland which runs a visitor centre at Torridon.