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Kinlochbervie

(KLB)
Highland

A scattered fishing village on the west coast of Sutherland, Kinlochbervie (locally known simply as 'KLB') is located 4 miles (6.5 km) northwest of Rhiconich and 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Durness. The village has a significant fish market served by a large harbour developed in the 1970s within Loch Bervie - a small inlet on the northern shore of Loch Inchard. This harbour is owned and operated by Highland Council and remains popular because of its proximity to the North Atlantic fishing grounds, which minimises steaming time and fuel costs and maximising fishing time for the fleet. An older, smaller and less-sheltered harbour remains in Loch Clash to the north. Engineering and mussel farming are also important to the local economy. Lying next to the harbour is a T-plan 'parliamentary' Free Presbyterian Church was built in 1829 by Thomas Telford. Its manse is now derelict. The parish church dates from 1846, and the Kinlochbervie Hotel from 1939. Prominently located overlooking Loch Innis na Ba Buidhe at the eastern edge of the village, Kinlochbervie High School opened in 1995, preventing local children having to lodge in hostels in Golspie between the ages of 11 and 18. It had a roll of 67 pupils in 2009. The primary school lies adjacent, with a roll of 39 (2010). This was built in 1971 and refurbished 1997.

A cairn next to the war memorial remembers Robert McBeath (1898 - 1922) who won the Victoria Cross during World War I but was killed while serving as a police officer in Vancouver (Canada).


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