The Village of Plockton
with a permanent population of over 300 people, is one of the
prettiest villages in Scotland. It nestles around Plockton Bay in Loch
Carron, on the west coast mainland, near Skye.
(Photo by Alain Dohet)
The village is sheltered from the worst of
the weather, and the relatively warmer climate is created by the Gulf
Stream influence. That's why the famous Plockton palms can survive and
thrive- they're not native to the area but have been a much
loved and photographed part of the streetscape for many years now.
It is one of the very few complete villages
that are wholly controlled by the National Trust of Scotland. This
ensures that any development is sympathetic to the overall 'look' of
But Plockton is far from being a monument or
postcard 'creation' - it is a thriving lively place with a bustling
social life and a warm sense of community. It's growing too - the
Bankside development at the entrance to the village is proof that
families want to move into and stay here.
See Plockton Web for much more.
The 2011 Plockton Regatta
A highlight of the year for Plocktonions
from all over Britain is the annual Plockton Regatta, held for a
fortnight in late July-early August. Races are held daily and a great
time during and after the races is assured.
PSBSC (Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club) was inaugurated in 1933 and
goes from strength to strength.
starts every year on the Monday after the 4th Sunday in July. This is
to accommodate the Free Presbyterian Communion, which, since time
immemorial, has taken place from the Thursday - Monday morning around
the 4th Sunday in July.
2011 Regatta was on from Monday July 25 -
Saturday August 6. This photo was taken at the start of the Long
Distance Race. My grandson Sam is crewing in the boat with the yellow
The village is not old by Scottish
standards, having been built in the late 1700's as a result of the
"clearances" by the Earl of Seaforth.
It boasts 3 hotels, a newsagent, a post
office, a wee shop, a take-away and coffee-shop. It doesn't
have a policeman, however! Eateries include
are some lovely walks around Plockton. The shortest is up to The Brae,
the raised shelf above the village. From the road, the vistas are
fabulous and it is very peaceful. The photo opposite shows Loch Achaidh
na h-Inich, a small beautiful little fresh water loch not far from the
Visit Craig Highland Farm to see lambs, and
other farm animals (great for all the family). Or just stroll around
village of Plockton itself, along the shore or beside crofting fields, and revel
in the views which, on a fine day are just breathtaking,
before heading back
to one of the eating establishments for a great meal or a warming dram at one of the hotels.
Seals and a pup in Loch Carron.
my guests Malcolm and Ethel Hillier for this
In spring and summer, it's great to hire one
of the variety of watercraft from Leisure
Marine, or take a boat trip to see seals which usually laze
on the rocks at the mouth of the bay. See the bottom of this page for another photo of a beautiful grey seal.
This short trip is highly recommended - Calum, the skipper and owner, is one of the treasures of the village!
Plockton was originally a fishing village,
and prawn fishing is still important. It's a popular haven for cruising
boats large and small too, especially during the summer months.
|Plockton Jetty in a beautiful dawn.
my brother Ian for this
My part of Plockton.
Thanks to my
sister-in-law Alison Hunter for this
cows are still quite common in the Highlands. They used to be commonly
found in the Village, but are now excluded. However, you'll see them
Tourism and accommodation is a big employer,
because of the beauty of the village and surrounding country.
Local employers include the regional High
School located in Plockton (that includes a Piping School), the Navy and the Highland Regional Council.
There are still crofters in the village and the district.
The Plockton Post Office is located at Rhu
Cottage, which is just next door to Heron's Flight.
10am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Email facilities are available at the Post
Are you convinced
yet, as I am,
that Plockton is amongst the
most beautiful places on earth??
A grey seal basks on a rock in Loch Carron - what a show-off...
Thanks to guests Malcolm and Ethel Hillier for this