The village of Plockton
Plockton, located on the shores on Loch Carron in north-west Scotland is one of the prettiest villages in Britain. 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 cabbage 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 is wholly controlled by the National Trust of Scotland. This ensures that any development is sympathetic to the overall 'look' of the village. Its main 'industry' is tourism.
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 to Plockton. See Plockton Web for much more.
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. This short trip is highly recommended and internationally renowned - 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; while the 'Royal Scot' train also stops near the village during summer trips.
The village is not old by Scottish standards. It was built in the late 1700's as a result of the "Clearances" by the Earl of Seaforth. Then, the villagers were not seafaring folk, and many emigrated, to Canada and New Zealand.
There are two hotels, a restaurant and two takeaways, a gift gallery, three wee shops, a community-run newspaper/ knitware shop, a post office (next door to Heron's Flight) and a village hall which often has art exhibitions and craft fairs.
Both the Plockton Inn and Plockton Hotel serve marvellous seafood in a large menu. Plockton Shores is for sale right now and serves food only till 6.00pm. The two takeaways are very popular, one at each end of the village.
On the outskirts are a railway station on the well known Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line and an airstrip for small planes, helicopters and microlights. The village has two schools so children can live locally till the age of eighteen.
We do not have a policeman - and really do not need one!
There 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. A longer walk in the same general area will take you to a secluded coral beach (get directions first).
Or walk around to the other side of the Bay to Duncraig Castle, you'll get great photo views back to the village.
In the nearby village of Duirinish, usually just next to the road is a small family of Highland cows.
Stroll around the 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 for a great meal or a warming dram at one of the hotels.