The Coigach Broch
Photo: Peter Drake

Early History

Over 45 prehistoric hut circles and field systems dating back to the Early Bronze and Iron Age (1st Millenium BC) have been found. It is thought these were abandoned when a cooler and wetter climate set in.

The Coigach Broch

By the later Iron Age the Achlochan broch was the dominant feature on the landscape.

Many of the Coigach townships have origins in the Middle Ages.
The hierarchical clan system dominated until after the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

Movement of sands in the dunes at Achnahaird revealed the remains of two medieval, possibly Viking, buildings.

The 18th and 19th centuries brought considerable change in the way the land was used, particularly after large areas of pasture were cleared for sheep farming. New crofting townships were created, often on poorer less fertile land. Many chose, or were forced to emigrate.

Tanera Mor, the largest of the Summer Isles, was an important herring station in the late 18th century with boats arriving from all over Europe. There was also a British Fishery Society station on Isle Ristol.

Fishing and the Sea
People Community and Culture
Crofting and the Land
Early History
Coigach Heritage Group

Coigach Heritage Newsletter 2020 (Click to Download)

We are grateful to those who have allowed us to use their photos, including Ullapool Museum and Historic Environment Scotland.