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Kinlochbervie Harbour
Kinlochbervie Harbour

The main road to the far north west has been much improved over recent decades. With the exception of a peculiar few hundred yards north of Laxford Bridge you can now travel all the way from Edinburgh to the turn-off to Kinlochbervie without losing sight of the white lines in the centre of the road. Though only if you go via Ullapool: a glance at a map shows a shorter route via Lairg which still includes a 37 mile stretch of single track road.

Kinlochbervie Church
Kinlochbervie Church
Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats
Harbourside Activity
Harbourside Activity

North of this junction the main road to Durness reverts to an earlier, single track, era. But it is no coincidence that so much effort and money has been put into improving the road to Kinlochbervie.

This is because, surprising as it might seem, Kinlochbervie has become one of the major fishing ports in Scotland. Fishing boats, often based in east coast Scottish ports, land their catches here at the fish handling depot built in 1988. The fish are then transported in large refrigerated lorries to destinations across the UK and throughout Europe.

Sandwood Bay
Sandwood Bay
Kinlochbervie
Kinlochbervie
Secondary School
Secondary School

Close to the harbour is the Free Presbyterian Church built in 1829 to a Thomas Telford design. Moving away from the immediate vicinity of the harbour, there has been a fair bit of new building in recent years. The new secondary school, contained within a single structure overlooking Loch Innes is an especially striking addition. The Kinlochbervie Hotel, well placed to offer views south and west, is rather older, dating back in part to 1939.

Most people coming to Kinlochbervie do so en route to Blairmore and the start of the walk north to the magnificent Sandwood Bay. If this is what you've got in mind, it is worth stopping on your return trip to experience the bustle of this outpost of the Scottish fishing industry. It is also worth bearing in mind that there are other gems on offer in the area, including the beach at Oldshoremore and the tiny village of Polin, complete with its own beach.

Four miles inland from Kinlochbervie, at the junction with the main A838, is Rhiconich. The services here include a Post Office, Police Station and hotel, and are complemetary to those in Kinlochbervie itself.

The Beach at Oldshoremore
The Beach at Oldshoremore
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