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Shieldaig north.jpg
Shieldaig looking north along the sea-front
Shieldaig is located in Highland
Location within the Highland council area
OS grid referenceNG815539
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKinlochewe
Postcode districtIV54
Dialling code01520
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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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; Old Norse: síld-vík, lit. 'herring bay')[1] is a village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

The village was founded in 1800[2] 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 derived from the Old Norse síld-vík, meaning 'herring bay'.[1]

Shieldaig is a community of around 85 people,[3] with its own school, a small pub, a village hall, a church and two restaurants. It is much used as a holiday destination, attracting those interested in fishing, touring the North Coast 500 or 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b W. J. Watson, Place-names of Ross and Cromarty, 1904, p. 208.
  2. ^ Shieldaig Undiscovered Scotland
  3. ^ "Torridon & Shieldaig". Steve Carter. Retrieved 23 January 2011.

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