Gravir

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Gravir
Grabhair folk museum - geograph.org.uk - 926455.jpg
Gravir folk museum
Gravir is located in Outer Hebrides
Gravir
Gravir
Location within the Outer Hebrides
LanguageScottish Gaelic
English
OS grid referenceNB375156
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Council area
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode districtHS2
Dialling code01851
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FireScottish
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58°03′07″N 6°26′56″W / 58.052°N 6.449°W / 58.052; -6.449Coordinates: 58°03′07″N 6°26′56″W / 58.052°N 6.449°W / 58.052; -6.449

Gravir (Scottish Gaelic: Grabhair[1]), is a village on the shore of Loch Odhairn (a sea loch) in the Park district of the Isle of Lewis. Gravir is within the parish of Lochs.[2] There is a church, a school and a voluntary fire station in the village. There is also a pier. Most of the plots of land used to be used for crofting, but this has declined in the last 50 years. The road leading to the village is the B8060,[3] and continues on to Orinsay and Lemreway.

Economy[edit]

Gravir Pier is primarily used by fish farming vessels but is also used by small fishing and leisure craft. The fish farm located in Loch Odhairn is operated by the Scottish Salmon Company.

In March 2007, Scottish and Southern Energy proposed to build a converter station above the village and to use Gravir as the Western Isles landfall for a sub-sea interconector cable, to export electricity generated from two proposed large scale windfarms at Eishken and Pairc across the Minch to mainland markets. The cable would run north of the Shiant bank and land at Little Lochbroom. On the Lewis side, it would enter the mouth of Loch Odhairn at the fish farm and run up the length of the sealoch under the shore at its head, by the old schoolhouse, and then be buried across crofts to the hilltop to the converter station. One network of overhead lines or pylons would run to the planned Pairc windfarm and to Eishken. Another run of overhead lines on wooden poles would leave Gravir by following the village road heading for the sub-station by the River Creed.

The proposed interconnector coming into Gravir has been placed on hold due to public objection to the proposals. Mr Openheim of Eisken estate, is happy for the interconnector to go directly into his estate via a more southerly sea loch should it ever be required in the future.

SSE prefers Arnish Point as of 2016.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outer Hebrides Core Paths Plan - Map 12" (PDF). Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Details of Gravir". Scottish Places. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "B8060". Sabre. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.ssepd.co.uk/WesternIsles/

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