Gruinard  Ross and Cromarty


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Gruinard like this:

Greinord or Gruinard, a bay, an island, and two streams of NW Ross-shire. The bay, forming the southern portion of the outward reach of Loch Broom, to the W of the mouth of Little Loch Broom, is flanked on the E side of its entrance by Stattic Point, on the W by the promontory of Rumore; and measures 51/8. ...

miles across that entrance, and 4½ thence to its southernmost recess. Fringed with numerous picturesque creeks and small headlands, it is screened by multitudes of rocky hillocks, the highest being Carn Dearg an Droma (607 feet) on the E, and Meall nam Meallan (478) on the W; its waters abound with haddock, cod, whiting, and shell-fish. The island, within a mile of the eastern shore of the bay, has an utmost length and breadth of 11½ and 51/3 furlongs; attains an altitude of 345 feet; belongs to Lochbroom parish; and had 6 inhabitants in 1881. Of the two streams, belonging both to Lochbroom parish, the Meikle Greinord flows 5¾ miles north-north-westward out of Loch Sheallag (279 feet) to the eastern side of Greinord Bay, which at its head receives the Little Greinord, running 5½ miles north-by-eastward along the Gairloch border out of Fionn Loch (559 feet). Both are capital salmon and trout streams. Greinord House, a modern mansion, stands at the mouth of the former, 15 miles NE of Poolewe.—Ord. Sur., shs. 101, 100, 92, 1881-82.

Gruinard through time

Gruinard is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Gruinard itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gruinard, in Highland and Ross and Cromarty | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th June 2021

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