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Salmon Netting Station, Portree, Skye

A Category B Listed Building in Portree, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4111 / 57°24'40"N

Longitude: -6.1944 / 6°11'39"W

OS Eastings: 148199

OS Northings: 843412

OS Grid: NG481434

Mapcode National: GBR C924.CFL

Mapcode Global: WGY6X.TZGF

Plus Code: 9C9MCR64+C6

Entry Name: Salmon Netting Station, Portree, Skye

Listing Name: Salmon Netting Station

Listing Date: 30 September 1991

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353202

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18978

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Portree

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Parish: Portree

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Salmon netting station, in existence by 1811 at least (map held by Skye and Lochalsh Museums Service) and therefore predating development of the town of Portree. The statiuon must have been promoted by or at least supported by Lord Macdonald, the then owner of this part of Skye.

Single storey block, roughly L-plan, but not all one building, and with alterations. Whitewashed rubble, roofs mostly slated. Long range with gable fronting bay is shown as 2 separate blocks on 1811 maps; infill block looks late 19th century and has Welsh slates on its roof; end nearest bay (ie original free-standing block) roofed with corrugated sheeting. House at far end appears to incorporate early 3-bay range of original block, with end stacks, full-height extension to lengthen block, jamb added to front.

Longer element of pre 1811 station is slightly deeper on plan than the remainder, and is set on slope, its roof and eaves level also sloping (ie wall-height is constant,ridge is on incline/decline). Square-headed openings, mostly early/original and comparatively small. Large green to NW with tall poles erected for drying/inspecting/repairing nets, bounded in part by road and modern fence.

Statement of Interest

A good illustrative example of this type of building, representing one of the various means by which landowners sought to obtain capital from thier property and provide employment for local labour, ie prior to the great phase of the clearances.

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