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Shieldaig north.jpg
Shieldaig looking north along the sea-front
Shieldaig is located in Highland
Shieldaig shown within the Highland council area
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57°31′22″N 5°39′02″W / 57.5228°N 5.6505°W / 57.5228; -5.6505Coordinates: 57°31′22″N 5°39′02″W / 57.5228°N 5.6505°W / 57.5228; -5.6505

Shieldaig (Scottish Gaelic: Sìldeag) is a village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

The village was founded in 1800[1] with a view to training up seamen for war against Napoleon. After his (initial) defeat and exile to Elba, the community found itself a new role as a fishing village. The small island just offshore never had its tall pines harvested to rig warships, and has now become a nature sanctuary.

The name of the village is a Viking word meaning loch of the herring[citation needed] which do indeed still populate the bay in some profusion.

Shieldaig is a community of around 85 people,[2] with its own school, a small pub, a village hall and a church. It now has two restaurants, packed on a Tuesday in October, since becoming a featured town on the NC500. It is much used as a holiday destination, attracting those interested fishing, and explorers of the Torridon Hills, which are a few miles around the coast.

Shieldaig holds a community fete in the second weekend of August.

Shieldaig from above


  1. ^ Shieldaig Undiscovered Scotland
  2. ^ "Torridon & Shieldaig". Steve Carter. Retrieved 23 January 2011.

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