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TITLE
Sail Mhor and the An Teallachs from Gruinard Bay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1398
PLACENAME
An Teallach
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33323
KEYWORDS
postcards
Ross-shire
Ross and Cromarty
Wester Ross
Munros
Corbetts
bays
lochs
islands
scientific research
biological weapons
Sail Mhor and the An Teallachs from Gruinard Bay

This postcard shows a view of the hills Sail Mhor and An Teallach from Gruinard Bay. Sail Mhor is the hill on the left and its name means 'big heel'. It is one of the smaller Corbetts at a height of 2516 feet (767 metres). A Corbett is a mountain between 2500 and 3000 feet high.

An Teallach, whose name means 'the forge', is a group of peaks between the heads of Little Loch Broom and Loch na Sealga. The lower slopes are of Torridonian sandstone, while the summits are topped with white quartzite. It has two Munro peaks: Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill (3484 feet, 1062 metres) and Sgurr Fiona (3478 feet, 1060 metres). A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet, so called after Sir Hugh Munro who listed such mountains in 1891.

Gruinard Bay is known not only for its beautiful scenery. In the bay is an island known as Gruinard Island which was deliberately infected with Anthrax spores in 1942 during biological warfare research. For many years the island was quarantined but in 1986-7 a team of scientists went to decontaminate it and in 1990 it was declared 'safe'.

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Sail Mhor and the An Teallachs from Gruinard Bay

ROSS: Lochbroom

1940s

postcards; Ross-shire; Ross and Cromarty; Wester Ross; Munros; Corbetts; bays; lochs; islands; scientific research; biological weapons

Highland Libraries

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This postcard shows a view of the hills Sail Mhor and An Teallach from Gruinard Bay. Sail Mhor is the hill on the left and its name means 'big heel'. It is one of the smaller Corbetts at a height of 2516 feet (767 metres). A Corbett is a mountain between 2500 and 3000 feet high.<br /> <br /> An Teallach, whose name means 'the forge', is a group of peaks between the heads of Little Loch Broom and Loch na Sealga. The lower slopes are of Torridonian sandstone, while the summits are topped with white quartzite. It has two Munro peaks: Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill (3484 feet, 1062 metres) and Sgurr Fiona (3478 feet, 1060 metres). A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet, so called after Sir Hugh Munro who listed such mountains in 1891.<br /> <br /> Gruinard Bay is known not only for its beautiful scenery. In the bay is an island known as Gruinard Island which was deliberately infected with Anthrax spores in 1942 during biological warfare research. For many years the island was quarantined but in 1986-7 a team of scientists went to decontaminate it and in 1990 it was declared 'safe'.