Experience the Beauty of Shieldaig
The name Shieldaig means “Herring Bay”, and it was known to be the best herring location from the time that the Vikings dominated the waters. The village itself was only established in 1800 through grants that were given during the rule of Napoleon. In 1815, Napoleon's reign came to an abrupt end, but the fishing village of Shieldaig kept on thriving. Loch Shieldaig still plays an important role in the area's economy, with the industry falling to mussels and prawns rather than fish.
The permanent residents in Shieldaig are currently estimated at a hundred locals. The area still is one of the most beautiful destinations in Scotland. Shieldaig is a quaint village with picturesque cottages, breathtaking sunsets and a luxurious hotel that attracts many tourists. Shieldaig Island is located across from Shieldaig village and is covered by Scots pine. It is believed that the trees were planted approximately 130 years ago. They are home to a great number of bird species that include Long Eared Owls, Puffins, Herons, Mergansers and Black Guillemots.
As with many village destinations in Scotland, Shieldaig also has its legends, folklores and scandals. The church in Shieldaig was built in 1825. In 1893 the minister of the church decided to break his ties with the church. He had chosen to combine his efforts with the Raasay minister, and together they established the Free Presbyterian Church.
Attractions to look out for, just outside of Shieldaig, are the spectacular Balgy Falls. These beautiful waterfalls should not be missed and neither should the Bein Alligin and Torridon mountain ranges. The Torridon Countryside Centre offers guided hikes and walks and the Deer Museum has a fascinating range of exhibits, including a few Red Deer.
Shieldaig gives tourists the opportunity to experience a unique and quiet Scottish village, with accommodation that ranges from the luxurious to sleeping under the stars in their camping areas. The surrounding areas of Shieldaig also offer fishing, hiking, mountain walks, golf and lovely beaches. It is truly an inspiring and relaxing destination in Scotland and visitors are recommended to consider a few nights stay in this breathtaking piece of heaven.