Along the shores of Loch Carron, in the North West Highlands of Scotland, you will find one of the most picturesque Scottish village, you will come across. Whitewashed walled cottages line the main road, with palm trees dotted here and there. We visited in 2013 and although the clouds were gathering, the sun still shone through……for a while.
Plockton was a crofting hamlet until 1700, but then came the ‘clearances’, when landowners got more money by letting the land to sheep farmers, rather than having crofters. Plockton then became a port of embarkation for those displaced from their crofts.
In the 1800’s the land owner made Plockton into a fishing village, naming it ‘Pocktown’ as an alternative to emigration. The fishing carried on until the herrings changed their migration pattern and then the village was affected by the potato famine in the late 1840’s. But now, it is a thriving tourist attraction with plenty of places to stay and eat.