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Lochalsh War Memorial

I missed this when I was there but the photograph below popped up on a flickr group I belong to. It was taken by Allan MacIver.

The war memorial is apparently in a lay-by near the village of Reraig just outside Kyle of Lochalsh.

It is inscribed “For King, Kin and Country, for Freedom, Truth and Justice. In affectionate and grateful remembrance,” and also with a Gaelic inscription of a Bible verse, “Gus am bris an la agus an teigh na scailean.” (Until the day breaks and the shadows fall away).

Lochalsh War Memorial, near Reraig, Highlands of Scotland, 2013

Loch Alsh

The loch leads down from its junctions with Loch Long and Loch Duich at Dornie to where it meets the sea.

From Duirinish road. Dornie is off to left, Kyle of Lochalsh to right:-

View of Loch Alsh

Loch Alsh from above looking southwest. Kyle of Lochalsh off to right:-

Loch Alsh From Above Looking Southwest

Loch Alsh from above looking southeast towards Dornie:-

Loch Alsh From Above Looking Southeast

About a mile or so outside Dornie on the road to Kyle of Lochalsh there is a cemetery. It had the Commonwealth War Graves sign

Assistant Cook G R Duffield, HMS Port Quebec, 16/10/1940, age 42:-

Lochalsh War Grave 2

Able Seaman H J Moore, HMS Trelawney, 13/9/1941, age 22:-

Lochalsh War Grave 1

Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh is a village situated at the mouth of Loch Alsh, ten or so miles from Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle.

It is perhaps most famous for being the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway line, which nominally runs from Dingwall but the trains go on to Inverness.

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station

The Station is effectively on the pier. Handy for goods traffic:-

Ship at Kyle of Lochalsh Pier

Part of railway line:-

Lochalsh Railway Line

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh, taken from same bridge as above:-

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh

The village is quite small but as I recall represented the big bad wider world of fleshpots and the like for the inhabitants of the Applecross peninsula in His Bloody Project

The most impressive building in Lochalsh is the Lochalsh Hotel which has minor Art Deco leanings:-

Lochalsh Hotel

Only a mile (or less) away is the Skye Bridge. (No need now to take a boat – bonny or otherwise – over the sea to Skye.) Skye hills in background:-

Skye Bridge

In the village there is a memorial in the form of a defused mine:-

Mine Memorial, Kyle of Lochalsh

Mine memorial inscription:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Mine Memorial Inscription

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