Wester Loch Ewe Heritage

Wester Loch Ewe History

Old Statistical Account (1790)

New Statistical Account (1838)


As Wester Loch Ewe is part of Gairloch Parish, both Statistical Accounts can be found in 'Gairloch' in this website.

Myths and Legends


Loch Bad na h-achlaise from front of the former poor house.

Miss Maggie Mackenzie remembers a local story that "a dog used to come out of the loch when people were passing at night and walk around their feet". This superstition came from the fact that a local woman from Badaninneal was drowned in the loch, and local people thought the dog was the devil.

Miss Mackenzie recalls another local story associated with the loch. "A local woman was walking along the road beside the loch and she saw a blanket or covering of some sort in front of her. She recited the first two lines of the 24th. Psalm 'The earth belongs unto the Lord, and all that it contains' and the blanket vanished."

Two men, John Macpherson, Opinan, and Duncan Macpherson, Porthenderson, were drowned in the loch on the 12th of Janurary, 1940, when John Macpherson's car went into the loch. John Macpherson was a insurance agent and was on his way to Gairloch to collect his mail on the Saturday evening, rather then have to wait for the next delivery on the Monday.

[Contributed by Miss Maggie MacKenzie, Sunnyside, Gairloch]


The wishing-tree on Isle Maree, Loch Maree.

Tradition has it that a visitor landing on Isle Maree who attached any metal article to this tree and at the same time made a silent wish, would have it realised. It is said that if any one removes an offering that has been fixed in the tree, some misfortune, probably the taking fire of the house of the desecrator, is sure to follow.


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