Scourie

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Scourie
Scottish Gaelic: Sgobhairigh[1]
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Scourie is located in Sutherland
Scourie
Scourie
 Scourie shown within the Sutherland area
OS grid reference NC157447
Civil parish Eddrachillis
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Sutherland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LAIRG
Postcode district IV27
Dialling code 01971
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Scottish Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 58°21′07″N 5°08′59″W / 58.3520°N 5.1497°W / 58.3520; -5.1497

Scourie (Scottish Gaelic: Sgobhairigh), historically spelled "Scoury", is a village on the north west coast of Scotland, about halfway between Ullapool and Durness. It is in the traditional county of Sutherland, now part of the Highland council area, and the population of the village is just over two hundred.[citation needed] It is known as the birthplace of Hugh Mackay, a British general in the 17th century. The name originates from the Gaelic for Shed Sheiling[2] - a stone-built place of shelter used during the summer months.

The nearby island of Handa is a nature reserve and the site of a large seabird colony, including puffins, skuas, guillemots and razorbills. The palm trees in the grounds of Scourie House next to the harbour are claimed to be the most northerly specimens in the world not grown in artificial conditions. However, this is a popular misconception. The "palms" in the grounds are actually Cordyline australis, a native New Zealand tree which is found in lowland and montane areas. In the UK it is commonly referred to as "Torbay Palm" or "Cornwall Palm".[3]

The village has accommodation for tourists in several small hotels, including the Scourie Hotel, and Bed and Breakfasts and a campsite. However, all are closed from October to March apart from Scourie Guest House which is open all year. Off season, nearby shopping/eating is in Ullapool.

Fishing is a popular attraction due to the large number of freshwater lochs in the remote area.

Scourie plays host to the home matches of shinty team, Kinlochbervie Camanachd Club

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