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Plockton

(Am Ploc)
Highland

A picturesque lochside village in the Lochalsh district of Highland Council Area, Plockton (Gael:: Am Ploc) lies on the southern shore of Loch Carron 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Kyle of Lochalsh. It was founded in the late 18th century as a fishing and crafting settlement. Dating from 1827, Plockton Parish Church is one of Thomas Telford's Parliamentary churches and is now shared with the Free Church of Scotland. Nearby Duncraig Castle, later used as a college, was built in 1866 for Sir Alexander Matheson to designs by Alexander Ross. The estate of Balmacara to the south was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in 1953. The popular television series Hamish Macbeth was filmed in and around Plockton, which also benefits from a primary school, high school, railway station (1897) on the Kyle of Lochalsh line and a small aerodrome. Plockton High School has an extensive catchment and provides a hostel to accommodate pupils who live too far from the school to travel home daily. The school also incorporates the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd) inaugurated in 2000.


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