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About Shieldaig

Shieldaig is a small rural community in Wester Ross, in the Highlands. The Community Council catchment area includes Shieldaig village plus the townships of  Ardheslaig, Arrina, Fearnabeg, Fearnamore and Kenmore which all lie on the shores of Loch Shieldaig. Associated with Shieldaig are the areas of Balgy by the Balgy river and South through Glen Shieldaig by Loch Dughaill.


The population of the community is about 100 permanent residents. the smallest children attend Shieldaig Primary School or nursery. Secondary education is provided at Gairloch High School.

Historically, it was  largely a community based on crofting and fishing. Nowadays, it has diversified into many and varied employments and businesses. Crofting still continues and the marine based occupations are creel fishing for prawns, salmon fish farming and the Sea Trout project. Many people are in tourism-based industries with the Hotel, Guest Houses and bed and breakfasts and the small businesses which support them.

The facilities that the Village has for residents and the large influx of visitors in the tourist season include the Hotel, Bar, shops and two churches.

Shieldaig sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty bounded by Loch Torridon and the Torridon Mountains and the Applecross peninsula providing an area for tremendous walking, climbing, biking and marine-based pursuits. It is a vibrant community which welcomes visitors to share in the beauty and facilities of our surroundings.

You can find out further information about the area and photographs at shieldaig.org