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Hope, River

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Hope, a river of Durness parish, NW Sutherland, formed by three principal head-streams at an altitude of 94 feet, and flowing 6¼ miles northward along Strathmore to fresh-water Loch Hope (57/8 miles x 1 to 7 furl. ; 12 feet), whence issuing it continues 1¾ mile northward till it falls into salt-water Loch Eriboll at a point 3 miles NE of Heilem inn. ' The drive along the side of Loch Hope is very pretty, especially at the entrance to Strathmore. On one side are bare hills, and, on the other, every ledge and knoll is covered with beautiful natural birchwood, above which rise the steep rugged sides of Ben Hope ' (3040 feet). Hope Lodge, built of timber and slate, forms a picturesque feature in the landscape. Both lake and river are well-stocked with sea-trout, grilse, salmon, and trout.—Ord. Sur., shs. 108, 114, 1880. See pp. 58-63 of Arch. Young's Sutherland (Edinb. 1880).

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