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TITLE
The Old Red Herring Shed, Ullapool
EXTERNAL ID
ULLAPOOL_0010
PLACENAME
Ullapool
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
DATE OF IMAGE
May 2003
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Janine Donald
SOURCE
Andrew Taylor
ASSET ID
39988
KEYWORDS
fishing
ferries
The Old Red Herring Shed, Ullapool

This building on West Shore Street now houses Ullapool's tourist office and the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry office. It was originally the shed for smoking the herring caught in Loch Broom, in the days when Ullapool was first set up by the British Fisheries Society (1780s). The herring was smoked or salted because there was a lack of available ice or refrigeration for keeping it fresh. (Dried flakes of salt can sometimes still be seen on the ceiling.)

At first, the new fishing village was a success but in 1797 the herring failed to arrive in Loch Broom. This pattern repeated itself until the 1820s when the project was deemed a failure. The village was sold in 1847 for £5000.

Today Ullapool is a popular tourist centre. Since 1973 it has been the terminus for the vehicular ferry service to Stornoway

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The Old Red Herring Shed, Ullapool

ROSS: Lochbroom

2000s

fishing; ferries

Andrew Taylor

This building on West Shore Street now houses Ullapool's tourist office and the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry office. It was originally the shed for smoking the herring caught in Loch Broom, in the days when Ullapool was first set up by the British Fisheries Society (1780s). The herring was smoked or salted because there was a lack of available ice or refrigeration for keeping it fresh. (Dried flakes of salt can sometimes still be seen on the ceiling.)<br /> <br /> At first, the new fishing village was a success but in 1797 the herring failed to arrive in Loch Broom. This pattern repeated itself until the 1820s when the project was deemed a failure. The village was sold in 1847 for £5000.<br /> <br /> Today Ullapool is a popular tourist centre. Since 1973 it has been the terminus for the vehicular ferry service to Stornoway