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TITLE
Bringing home bracken for the cows' bedding
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_94032_05_09
PLACENAME
Loch Maree
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38582
KEYWORDS
lochs
plants
bracken
mountains
bedding
beds
cattle
boats
Bringing home bracken for the cows' bedding

Bracken is a large coarse fern which is common in the Highlands of Scotland. It was used as a source of tannin, as thatch for roofs and as cattle feed although large quantities were considered poisonous. It was also used as bedding for animals and this photograph shows three men bringing bracken across Loch Maree in a boat for use as cattle bedding.

Loch Maree is a fresh water loch extending about 12 miles from Kinlochewe in the direction of Poolewe. The loch is generally not very wide but has a number of islands at the north west end. One of the islands, Isle Maree, has the remains of a chapel said to have been established by St Maelrubha in the 7th century. The loch is bounded on the north by Slioch which reaches a height of over 3,200ft, and to the south by ancient Caledonian pine forest which makes up part of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve


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Bringing home bracken for the cows' bedding

ROSS: Gairloch

lochs; plants; bracken; mountains; bedding; beds; cattle; boats

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

Bracken is a large coarse fern which is common in the Highlands of Scotland. It was used as a source of tannin, as thatch for roofs and as cattle feed although large quantities were considered poisonous. It was also used as bedding for animals and this photograph shows three men bringing bracken across Loch Maree in a boat for use as cattle bedding.<br /> <br /> Loch Maree is a fresh water loch extending about 12 miles from Kinlochewe in the direction of Poolewe. The loch is generally not very wide but has a number of islands at the north west end. One of the islands, Isle Maree, has the remains of a chapel said to have been established by St Maelrubha in the 7th century. The loch is bounded on the north by Slioch which reaches a height of over 3,200ft, and to the south by ancient Caledonian pine forest which makes up part of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a><br />