Moidart  Inverness Shire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Moidart like this:

Moydart, a district in the south-western extremity of the mainland of Inverness-shire, and a sea-loch on the boundary between Inverness-shire and Argyllshire. The district is bounded on the N and NE by Arasaig; on the SE and S, by Loch Shiel, the river Shiel, and Loch Moydart, which divide it from Argyllshire; and on the W by the Atlantic Ocean. ...

Its greatest length, from E to W, is 18 miles; and its mean breadth is 7 miles. Its coast is deeply indented by Lochs Na-Nuagh, Aylort, and Moydart; and its interior, though thoroughly Highland, possesses little interest. The principal objects challenging attention are the mansion of Kinloch Moydart, a Roman Catholic chapel, the ruined Castle-Tirrim, and some woods along Loch Shiel and portions of the coast. The district forms part of the enormous parish of Ardnamurchan. Loch Moydart, opening due SE of Eigg island at a distance of 9 miles, penetrates 5 miles east-south-eastward; is split over two-thirds of its length by Shona island; lies mostly among low heathy hills; and, except for having on its shores Kinloch Moydart House, Castle-Tirrim, and some patches of wood, wears a bare and forbidding aspect. The section of it S of Shona island is the main channel, and has, in its mouth, two wooded islets.

Moidart through time

Moidart is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Moidart itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Moidart, in Highland and Inverness Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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