Gruinard Island

In 1941, twenty-two static bombs were exploded in tests and another was dropped from a Wellington bomber. Gruinard was declared a prohibited area. The results were so horrific that plans to drop the bombs on Germany were abandoned. It was officially decontaminated in 1989. The first lambs were born on the former Anthrax Island in 1994.

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Gruinard Island

Gruinard Island      Attribution: unknown

Gruinard Danger sign

Ministry of Defence sign from Gruinard Island      Attribution: unknown

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Centre

Loch Ewe was a hive of activity during World War 2 and it was the point of departure for many of the convoys bound for Russia. Find out more about the lasting legacy to those who braved Arctic waters under constant threat of attack from enemy aircraft and u-boats.

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Premises

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Archaeology - saddle quern

This saddle quern was found in the garden of Mr and Mrs Chapman, Torliath, Drumchork, Aultbea, in 1997.

Saddle Quern

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Statistical Accounts

On the 25 May 1790, Sir John Sinclair, Baronet of Ulbster in Caithness wrote to over nine hundred Parish ministers throughout Scotland asking them to contribute to a Statistical Inquiry by answering as best they could,a series of one hundred and sixty-six Queries respecting each Parish.

The New (or Second) Statistical Account of Scotland built on the previous work carried out by Sir John Sinclair for the First Statistical Accounts by including the knowledge of local doctors and schoolmasters. The Second Statistical Accounts were published between 1834 and 1845.