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Kinlochbervie lies on the north-west coast of Sutherland, scattered around the northern shore of Loch Inchard.

Traditionally a crofting community, the village saw an increase in its population during the early nineteenth century as crofters evicted from their lands elsewhere in Sutherland moved to the area. However, an outbreak of potato blight in the late 1840s caused a famine which made many people decide to emigrate to the 'new world'. This decline in the population and the local economy continued until the end of the Second World War.

In the late 1940s the fishing grounds of the North Sea were fished out, so the fleet was forced to sail further west. The village was able to capitalise on this and it became a fishing port. The 1980s were a boom time for the harbour, but despite the more recent downturn in the fishing industry the port has survived. It still lands white fish and shellfish but has also diversified by importing fish from the Faroe Islands. As well as being a busy commercial port, the harbour also has facilities for visiting yachtsmen.

Set amid spectacular scenery, the area is ideal for those seeking a peaceful holiday location. However it is also ideal for those looking for more active outdoor pursuits. There are many opportunities for loch and sea fishing. Hill walkers and climbers are also well catered for - looking inland from Kinlochbervie the skyline is dominated by the mountains of Foinaven, Arkle and Ben Stack. Much of the coastline is rocky, but there are also many sandy beaches and bays such as Oldshoremore. Wildlife enthusiasts are well catered for and if you are patient it is often possible to spot otters, seals, dolphins and whales around the coastline.

The village has its own Post Office and village store and there are restaurants serving locally caught fish within walking distance of the harbour. For the visitor, there are camping and caravan sites in the area, as well as self-catering caravans and cottages. There are also a number of bed & breakfasts in Kinlochbervie.

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