Plockton

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Plockton
Scottish Gaelic: Am Ploc
Plockton is located in Highland
Plockton
Plockton
 Plockton shown within the Highland council area
Population 378 
OS grid reference NG803334
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Ross and Cromarty
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PLOCKTON
Postcode district IV52
Dialling code 01599
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Website plockton.com
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 57°20′17″N 5°39′08″W / 57.33801°N 5.65231°W / 57.33801; -5.65231

The mild climate permits palm-like cabbage trees to grow in Scotland

Plockton (Am Ploc/Ploc Loch Aillse in Gaelic) is a village in the Highlands of Scotland in the county of Ross and Cromarty with a population of 378.[1]

Plockton is a settlement on the shores of Loch Carron. It faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift gives it a mild climate allowing the Cordyline australis palm or cabbage tree to prosper.

Most of the houses date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was a planned community based on fishing in an attempt to stem the tide of emigration from the Highlands. The Church of Scotland in the village (also used by the Free Church of Scotland) was designed by Thomas Telford.

The village is a tourist resort. The television series Hamish Macbeth, starring Robert Carlyle, was filmed there, substituting for the fictional Lochdubh. Plockton was also used for various scenes in the film The Wicker Man and the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries television series.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

The village has a small general store with a café; a takeaway; a restaurant; newsagent and craft shop; three hotels with pubs; numerous B&Bs; library with free internet access and a village hall, which holds community events and art exhibitions. It is served by Plockton railway station, on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and the short Plockton Airfield for light aircraft and microlights.

Nearby is Duncraig Castle, a nineteenth-century stately home built by the Matheson family, who made their money in the opium trade. The castle was derelict for many years, having previously been used as an hospital, catering college, and a base for film crews. It was once owned by the extended Dobson family who were in the process of renovating it and this was shown in the BBC documentary titled The Dobsons of Duncraig. The castle was sold in 2009 to Suzanne Hazeldine.

Plockton has been a popular location for many artists including those from The Edinburgh School (Adam Bruce Thomson, David Macbeth Sutherland) and continues to attract artists.[2]

Education[edit]

Plockton is home to Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd - the National Centre For Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School, which also serves the village, and a wide surrounding area. The school also hosts the Am Bàta project teaching pupils in the art of boat building, from which a number of 'local' style boats have been produced. Some have been donated to the local sailing club - Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club - whilst others have been sold to the public.

Between the years of 1956 and 1972 Plockton was home to the renowned Gaelic scholar Sorley MacLean[3] (Somhairle MacGill-Eain) whilst headmaster at the high-school, who introduced the teaching of Gaelic and championed shinty.

Since 1991 Plockton Primary School has accommodated a Gaelic-medium education unit (GMU) whereby instruction is through the medium of Gaelic. 24.4% of the population in the catchment area of Plockton Primary School is able to speak Gaelic – the highest incidence of Gaelic-speaking on the mainland of Scotland.[4]

Football club[edit]

Since 1954 the village has played host to Plockton Amateur Football Club, an organisation of varying success. Calling the Alasdair Ross Memorial Park their home, and playing in yellow and black strips, the club are affectionately known as the "Bumble Bees". The club currently participate in the Skye and Lochalsh Amateur Football Association Bagshaw League and have been described as 'sleeping giants', strictly adhering to a passing football philosophy, contrasting with the approach of other local football clubs such as Kyle, and Glenelg. Recent successes include repeatedly winning the Clan Donald Cup, locally considered the "Champions League" of West Highland football.

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Climate[edit]

The MetOffice operates a weather station at Plockton[5] for which 30 year averages are available. As with the rest of the British Isles and Scotland, Plockton experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Some weather recent weather records have been broken, a maximum temperature of 27.7C was recorded in May 2016 and 17.2C in December 2015.

Climate data for Duirinish-Plockton, 18m asl, (average highs and lows 1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.9
(58.8)
11.3
(52.3)
17.9
(64.2)
18.9
(66)
27.7
(81.9)
20.8
(69.4)
22.1
(71.8)
22.1
(71.8)
19.6
(67.3)
15.9
(60.6)
12.3
(54.1)
17.2
(63)
27.7
(81.9)
Average high °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
7.5
(45.5)
8.9
(48)
11.2
(52.2)
14.7
(58.5)
16.2
(61.2)
17.7
(63.9)
17.5
(63.5)
15.2
(59.4)
12.5
(54.5)
9.4
(48.9)
7.7
(45.9)
12.14
(53.87)
Average low °C (°F) 2.0
(35.6)
2.1
(35.8)
2.9
(37.2)
4.1
(39.4)
6.4
(43.5)
8.7
(47.7)
10.8
(51.4)
10.7
(51.3)
8.9
(48)
6.9
(44.4)
4.1
(39.4)
2.7
(36.9)
5.86
(42.55)
Record low °C (°F) −8.3
(17.1)
−7.3
(18.9)
−8.2
(17.2)
−9.8
(14.4)
−9.3
(15.3)
−5.5
(22.1)
1.8
(35.2)
−3.0
(26.6)
−5.0
(23)
−5.5
(22.1)
−8.2
(17.2)
−9.4
(15.1)
−9.8
(14.4)
Source #1: 1971-2000 averages[6]
Source #2: Met Office and Voodoo Skies[7][8][9]

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