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TITLE
Four men with scythes at Little Sand, 1923
EXTERNAL ID
GAIRLOCHM_1351
PLACENAME
Little Sand
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
DATE OF IMAGE
September 1923
PERIOD
1920s
SOURCE
Gairloch Heritage Museum
ASSET ID
6703
KEYWORDS
farming
agriculture
farm workers
crofters
Four men with scythes at Little Sand, 1923

A photograph of four men harvesting with scythes at Little Sand in September 1923. Located a couple of miles further up the coast from the crofting and fishing community of Gairloch, the area contains some the west coast's most popular and scenic beaches. These include Big Sand, which possesses a camping and caravanning area.

The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the road in 1843 (the current A832) access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit in 1877 by Queen Victoria, who rested there during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel.

Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily through crab and lobster fishing and the collection of shellfish. Tourism remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip with a view to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged coastline, rather than bathe on one of the area's numerous beaches or stalk deer in the hills, as their Victorian precursors were inclined to do.


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Four men with scythes at Little Sand, 1923

ROSS: Gairloch

1920s

farming; agriculture; farm workers; crofters

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection

A photograph of four men harvesting with scythes at Little Sand in September 1923. Located a couple of miles further up the coast from the crofting and fishing community of Gairloch, the area contains some the west coast's most popular and scenic beaches. These include Big Sand, which possesses a camping and caravanning area.<br /> <br /> The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the road in 1843 (the current A832) access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample a taste of the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit in 1877 by Queen Victoria, who rested there during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel.<br /> <br /> Today, the village continues to generate income through its connection with the sea, primarily through crab and lobster fishing and the collection of shellfish. Tourism remains of vital importance, although visitors are more likely to make the trip with a view to head out into the hills and explore the area's rugged coastline, rather than bathe on one of the area's numerous beaches or stalk deer in the hills, as their Victorian precursors were inclined to do. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org">Gairloch Heritage Museum</a>