(Strome Ferry)

A hamlet in the Lochalsh district of Highland Council Area, Stromeferry lies on the south shore of Loch Carron, 53 miles (85 km) west of Dingwall. On the opposite side of the loch is Strome Castle, a 15th-century fortified tower-house built on a strategic promontory overlooking the mouth of the loch. A former stronghold of the Earls of Ross, the Camerons of Lochiel and the MacDonells of Glengarry, the castle was destroyed after a long siege by the MacKenzies of Kintail in 1602. The ruin was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in 1939. A ferry service was started at Stromeferry in 1819 following the completion of the road linking Kintail with Dingwall. A railway station bringing tourists to the pier was opened in 1870 but with the extension of the line to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1897 it became less important. A steamer service ran to Skye and the Western Isles for a time in the later 19th C. The ferry was superseded with the completion of a road round the head of Loch Carron in 1973.

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