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Kinlochbervie Travel Guide - Scotland

Set in a rugged rocky inlet lies Kinlochbervie, a major fishing village that sees its catch exported all over the world. The history of this village dates back to the Mackays of Sandalwood, although the most common surname today is Morrison, descendants of Scottish settlers from the Hebrides that came here in the 1600's. The primary industry was sheep farming with land being cleared away from the coast for grazing. The church in the town was built in 1829 by Thomas Telford and is the oldest building in Kinlochbervie.

During the mid1800's the potato blight caused hunger and great hardship resulting in many families leaving their roots and immigrating to America. The economy did not start to recover until after 1947 when the village was developed from a hamlet for white fish and lobster fishing. Today this town is one of the major fishing ports in Scotland.

Trekking around the moors is a good way of seeing the wildlife in this area, such as foxes, badgers and red deer. Even though life revolves around the fishing boats and the processing of fish, you can enjoy delightful walks as you view the scenery of the mountains and lochs. There are white sandy beaches to play on and rocky cliffs to climb. Along the seashore you will see seals basking in the sun and the whales and dolphins at play.

Visit the remains of a prehistoric round house and in the hills you can see cairns as signposts and the remains of summerhouses used as shelters for taking the cattle into the hills. Many different kinds of plants flower and bloom here throughout the year and you will be able to see peat cutting between April and June.

Watch the fishermen bringing in their catch from your room at the Kinlochbervie Hotel or choose one of the other hotels in town. You will find the accommodations are clean and comfortable enough to draw you back again.

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