Please Sign In | Register
Google pluspinterestShare on Stumble UponShare on RedditFacebookShare on Tumblr
TITLE
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_2_009
PLACENAME
Ostaig
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Sleat
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9296
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Sabhal Mor Ostaig
Sleat
broadcasting
Aràinn Ostaig
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye

In the early 90's an extension was added to the Aràinn Ostaig campus at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Officially opened in October 1993 the extension included a residence to accommodate up to 35 students, increased lecture rooms and studio facilities for the new broadcasting and media studies programme. This photograph shows part of the new building which was added to the existing original steadings. Shown here are Lochalsh area hydro linesmen, Duncan MacRae and Sandy Murray, at work bringing the infrastructure up to specification to allow for additional electrical supply necessary for the new buildings.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


This image can be purchased.
For further information about purchasing and prices please email
Skye and Lochalsh Archives

For guidance on the use of images and other content, please see the Terms and Conditions page.
High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
Powered by Capture

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Sleat

1990s

hydro-electric; Sabhal Mor Ostaig; Sleat; broadcasting; Aràinn Ostaig

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In the early 90's an extension was added to the Aràinn Ostaig campus at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Officially opened in October 1993 the extension included a residence to accommodate up to 35 students, increased lecture rooms and studio facilities for the new broadcasting and media studies programme. This photograph shows part of the new building which was added to the existing original steadings. Shown here are Lochalsh area hydro linesmen, Duncan MacRae and Sandy Murray, at work bringing the infrastructure up to specification to allow for additional electrical supply necessary for the new buildings.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'. <br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity. <br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />