There are many Bronze Age remains in the area such as hut circles and burnt mounds. In Poolewe Burial Ground there is a Pictish carved stone depicting a crescent and a V, which was discovered in 1992. Evidence shows that the burial ground has been used since about 900 AD.
On the riverside in Poolewe are the remains of the Red Smiddy, which is one of the earliest known iron blast furnaces in Scotland. It was in use between 1610 and 1670.
There is much evidence of crofting in the area and fascinating former townships to explore, such as the abandoned village at Slaggan.
The former Church of Scotland and its manse on Main Street, Poolewe were designed by Thomas Telford.
The Poolewe Nurses Home and Surgery was built in 1912 on Main Street in memory of Lady Mairi Mackenzie.
Loch Ewe was the base for the Russian Arctic Convoys in World War 2 and you can see many wartime remains around the area. There is a memorial at Cove where you can also see the extensive gun emplacements. There are further gun emplacements at Boor, Tournaig and Mellon Charles. The Russian Arctic Convoy Association are working to establish a museum in Aultbea as a lasting tribute to the brave men of the Arctic Convoys.
The Loch Ewe area is a mecca for geologists with some of the oldest rocks in the world to be found here, such as Torridonian Sandstone and Lewissian Gneiss. Fossils are regularly found locally, and running through the centre of the area is the Loch Maree fault. The mountain landscape is the product of extensive glaciation.
The Gairloch Heritage Museum gives a fascinating insight into the culture and tradition of the whole area.
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