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Information on the village of Lochinver in Scotland.
Culkein is a small group of houses on the coast and is all that now remains of Culkein Farm (NC 039334), the Salmon fishing station and the small pier.
The farm was set up about 1850, and comprised a cart shed, milk house, 8-stall byre, 3-stall stable and barn with an attached stirk-byre and privy. There were two adjoining houses with the standard two rooms on the groundfloor and bedrooms in the roof-space above.
Today, the buildings are just ruins with pens fenced off for use at clipping and dipping times.
The Salmon netting station was one of the series which ran round the coast and was involved in bag-netting. Although netting was not permitted within the estuaries, the salmon were caught at sea and landed at Culkein where they were preserved with ice from the ice-houses. The Culkein fishery continued from the mid 1830's until 1995, when all the fisheries were closed.
The Pier was built about 100 years ago in an attempt to bring prosperity to the area, but the pier proved rather too small and the larger boats went to anchor in Loch Nedd. Today it is used by yachtsmen and pleasure craft.
A short, but pleasant walk along the coast past the pier and farm will take you out to the point where there a "Hole in the Rock". On quiet summer days, when the tide is right, otters can be seen as they swim along, searching for food.