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|Scottish Gaelic: Am Ploc|
Plockton shown within the Highland council area
|OS grid reference|
|Lieutenancy area||Ross and Cromarty|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
|Scottish Parliament||Ross, Skye and Inverness West|
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 popular tourist resort, especially because 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.
The village has a small general store with a café; a takeaway; the Plockton Shores 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. In 2003, the Plockton Hotel and Plockton Inn managed to respectively win AA Pub of the Year and AA Seafood Pub of Year. Calum's seal and dolphin trips are the longest established boat trips in the area with a 4 star visitor attraction grading.
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 Dobson's of Duncraig. The castle was sold in 2009 to Suzanne Hazeldine.
Plockton has been a very popular location for many artists including those from The Edinburgh School (Adam Bruce Thomson, David Macbeth Sutherland) and continues to attract artists from Scotland and further afield.
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 (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 are Gaelic speaking - the highest incidence of Gaelic-speaking on the mainland of Scotland.
Since 1954 the village has played host to Plockton Amateur Football Club, a 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". As of 2016, the club participate in the Skye and Lochalsh Amateur Football Association Bagshaw League and have been described as 'sleeping giants', strictly adhering to a philosophy of passing football, contrasting with the approach of other local football clubs such as Kyle, and Glenelg. Recent successes include repeatedly winning the Clan Donald Cup - the Champions League of West Highland football. Deploying some of the finest football scouts in the country, Plockton AFC have been able to sign players from as far a field as Drumbuie, but most notably from Edinburgh where a number of recent star players have been attracted to play for this famous club. The close relationship between the club and the capital city has also provided the perfect platform for young Plockton players to develop their skills in a tamer southern football environment during the winter, returning to their parent club during the important summer campaign. The current president of Plockton Football Amateur Club is former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Dancing on the street on the last day of the Regatta fortnight
The MetOffice operates a weather station at Plockton 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.
|Climate data for Duirinish-Plockton, 18m asl, 1971-2000|
|Average high °C (°F)||7.2
|Average low °C (°F)||2.0
|Source: 1971-2000 averages|
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- "Sorley MacLean Official Website". www.sorleymaclean.org. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
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- "Station map". MetOffice.
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