Old Photograph Loch na Cairidh Scotland

Old photograph of Loch na Cairidh, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. The loch is located between the small community of Dunan on the eastern side of Skye, and the island of Scalpay. Cairidh is the Gaelic word for a fish trap or weir, a semi circular stone barrier built above the low tide mark, often at the head of an inlet. The movement of the tide caught the fish behind the barrier and they could be removed with small nets. This was very much a subsistence fishing technique and no longer in use, but the name continues and indeed the broken cairidhs can still be seen in places along the coast.

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