Quinag and Scourie across the Sound of Handa
|Scourie shown within the Sutherland area|
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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. 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 - 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 Scourie estate is owned by Dr Jean Balfour. 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".
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 and "Scourie Lodge" which are 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.
- Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
- Scottish Parliament Place Names Reference
- ConFor. "2015 - Drs Jean Balfour and Bob McIntosh « Award for Dedicated Service to Forestry « ConFor". www.confor.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
- "Cabbage tree in England".
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