Scoraig

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Scoraig
A white lighthouse on a hillside, with a wind turbine in the background
The old lighthouse at Scoraig (moved to this site and converted to a museum), and in the background a locally designed wind turbine.
Scoraig is located in Ross and Cromarty
Scoraig
Scoraig
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
• Edinburgh255 mi (410 km) Southeast by south
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CountryScotland
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Postcode districtIV23
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57°54′55″N 5°21′54″W / 57.9152°N 5.365°W / 57.9152; -5.365Coordinates: 57°54′55″N 5°21′54″W / 57.9152°N 5.365°W / 57.9152; -5.365

Scoraig (Scottish Gaelic: Sgoraig) is a settlement located on a remote peninsula between Little Loch Broom and Loch Broom, north-west of Ullapool in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland.

The 1871 census recorded more than 380 Gaelic-speaking inhabitants of Scoraig. Today it is known for its remoteness (reachable only by boat or about five miles' walk),[1][2] its somewhat "alternative" atmosphere,[3] organic food production, and its pioneering use of wind power.

There is a primary school, which in 2015 had five pupils,[4] and in 2018, seven.[1] Most children over the age of 14 go to Ullapool High School,[5] which because of the distance requires living there at least during the week.[1] There is postal service three times a week, and a sea-ferry and a community boat serve the settlement in addition to private boats.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gold, Ed (19 November 2018). "The remote UK community living off grid". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Pupil ferries in the Highlands to go out to tender". BBC News Scotland online. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-45046023
  4. ^ Denholm, Andrew (8 September 2015). "Remote school with just five pupils needs a new teacher". The Herald. Glasgow: Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Ullapool High School". www.highland.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

External links[edit]

  • scoraig.com, website of the Scoraig Community Association
  • kirkurd.net, photographs taken at the Scoraig festival, 1990