Plockton

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Harbour Street, the main street in Plockton

Plockton is a village in the Highlands of Scotland, with a population of 378 [1] (http://www.highland.gov.uk/plintra/iandr/cen/sz/plockton.htm).

It is a picturesque settlement on the shores of Loch Carron. It faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift gives it a mild climate allowing palm trees to grow.

Most of the houses date from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a planned community based on fishing in an attempt to stem the tide of emigration from the Highlands. The Church of Scotland in the village (also used by the Free Church of Scotland) was designed by Thomas Telford.

The village is a popular tourist resort, especially since the filming of the TV series Hamish Macbeth which starred Robert Carlyle, in which it represented the village of Lochdubh. Plockton was also used for various scenes in the film The Wicker Man.

The village boasts a small general store with a cafe; a takeaway; newsagent and craft shop; three hotels with pubs; numerous bed and breakfasts; a village hall, which holds community events and art exhibitions; and a railway station on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line. In 2003, the Plockton Hotel and Plockton Inn managed to respectively win AA Pub of the Year and AA Seafood Pub of Year.

Plockton High School serves the village, and a wide surrounding area. Sorley MacLean was the Rector of the school from 1956 until 1972. Duncan Ferguson, chairman of Brd na Gidhlig is the current Rector. Local MSP John Farquhar Munro attended the school in the 1950s.

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Plockton during Regatta Saturday, the end to the annual sailing fortnight

Nearby is Duncraig Castle, a 19th century stately home built by the Matheson family, who made their money from the opium trade. The castle was derelict for many years, having previously been used as hospital, catering college and a base for film crews. It is now owned by the extended Dobson family, who are in the process of renovating it.

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