The Slaggan scarf is named after a very special and remote sprinkling of ruins in Wester Ross. It is accessed down a long track. It is a common myth that this track is not navigable in anything other than a 4x4. In truth, as long as you are not in a 200mph supercar, you will find the track easy to drive on. Just take the pace steady and avoid the potholes and you’ll be fine. It really isn’t that bad.
On the way down the track you will pass numerous little lochs. These all contain superb little brown trout which peak at about 7oz in weight. Please remember, though, that if you want to fish them then you must – must – have the landowner’s permission.
Almost invariably you will encounter a beautiful herd of Highland cows which have been grazing the area for a good few years now. If they have calves near them then stay out of their way otherwise you may find yourself running for cover; not an easy task in a virtually treeless landscape!
Once you arrive you will immediately be struck by two gable ends rising up out of a flat patch of bog; an incessant reminder that humans have found this area to be too tough to live in. These gable ends are all that remains of a croft built in 1936 which burnt to the ground only a short time later in 1942.
The beach at the end of the track is your reward for your efforts. It has white sand which is stunning, but unfortunately due to the position of the beach it is covered in rubbish of all sorts. The seals don’t seem to mind this, though, and you will often see twenty bobbing up and down in the U shaped bay. After this fire Slaggan became uninhabited.
Another common myth states that Slaggan became depopulated because of the clearances. This happens because people who are ignorant about Scottish history attribute every ruin they see to be the work of ‘evil/ undemocratic/ elite/ greedy/ selfish’ landowners. They are usually embittered SNP supporters who take Braveheart to be gospel and, ironically, ignore the local truth.
In the case of Slaggan, war and a lack of jobs were the primary reasons behind the depopulation.
In the last decade some native tree planting has occurred. Birches, rowans and Scot’s pine have all been planted and at least some of them are taking.
Finally, I must say that the jewel in the crown of this area can be seen at sunset. Due to the position of the beach the sun sets smack bang in the middle of the horizon. It is a truly majestic site.
Our Slaggan worsted wool scarf can be worn by men and women and it is extremely good value at £35. It contains dark blues, greens, blacks and yellows. The compliments this gets have to be heard to be believed. People just fall in love with it. I sincerely hope you will too.
It is available to purchase here: http://www.malcolmmowats.com/products/slaggan-scarfThank you for taking the time to read this post.