Plockton, Scotland

Plockton is a small scenic village in the Highlands of Scotland in Lochalsh, Wester Ross with a population of 378.

Plockton is a settlement on the shores of Loch Carron. It faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift gives it a mild climate allowing the Cordyline australis palm to prosper.

Most of the houses date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is a planned fishing village on the northern edge of the Lochalsh built ‘when introducing sheep farming in 1814-20 and removing the population from their old hamlets in Glen Garron, founded the villages of Jeantown and Plockton on Loch Carronside’.

Some maritime charts mark the peninsula where the village sits as ‘Plack’, however it generally considered that the village was built on the ‘Ploc’ of Lochalsh, with ‘Ploc’ being understood in Gaelic as pimple or bump (of Lochalsh) sharing this with other places such as the Plock of Kyle and Plocrapool on the Isle of Harris. Its name, in current form, is based upon the Gaelic name referring to the promontory, with the ‘+town’ added to designate it as such in the English language, following the construction of the planned village around 1800.  Over-time the name of village changed to its current contracted form ‘Plockton’.

Situated on a sheltered inlet of Loch Carron, and due to the series of palm (New Zealand cabbage palm) trees which have dominated Harbour Street since the 1960s, Plockton has a distinctive ‘sub-tropical appearance’.

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