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This page displays a range of postcards of the area around Blaven and Torrin.

Postcards are rarely dated so it has not been possible to accurately determine the age of the individual images. If you have any additional information about the postcard, photographer, publisher or date, please contact me.

You can read about the history of the picture postcard and the part that Scotland played in their popularity on the postcards page.

Black & White Postcards

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"The Red Hills from Loch Slapin, Skye"
"The Red Hills from Loch Slapin, Skye"

This card is looking east across Loch Slapin to the village of Torrin and the two red granite hills. To the left is Beinn Dearg Mhor, literally "the big red hill" at 709m (2,326 feet). To the right is Beinn Dearg Bheag, "the small red hill", 584m (1,916 feet) high.

Published by Judges Ltd., Hastings, reference "21651", date thought to be around 1920.

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"Blaven from Torrin, Skye"
"Blaven from Torrin, Skye"

This card is printed on photographic paper. The printed wording on the reverse is little more than the obligatory "post card." The publisher and date is not stated but it is a monochrome print of the colour "ox-eye daises" postcard found here. The photographer is therefore assumed to be W. S. Thomson.

A "2d. postage revenue" stamp dates this card to 1957 or earlier.

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"Broadford Hotel and Beinn-na-Cailleach, Skye"
"Broadford Hotel and Beinn-na-Cailleach, Skye"

It was on the site of the Broadford Hotel that the Drambuie liqueur was first produced, the recipe having been gifted to the owner by Bonnie Prince Charlie as a reward for assisting in his escape from the evil English. The single track road to Elgol, Torrin and Blaven is to the left of the hotel. Click here to compare this card with a recent photograph or here to see a later colour postcard.

Published by Valentines, reference "214968 J V", 1890s onwards.

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"Blaven and Loch-An-Athain, Skye"
"Blaven and Loch-An-Athain, Skye"

This view from the southern end of Glen Slighachan looks down through Glen na Crèitheach, towards Loch an Athain and the back of Blaven. The base of Ruadh Stac 150m (493 feet) is to the middle left. The photograph has been taken near the 9 metre (30 feet) tall "Bloody Stone", site of the last clan battle between the MacDonalds and MacLeods in 1601.

Published by Valentines, "Bromotype" series, reference "21928 J V" 1890s onwards.

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"Blaven from Ord, Skye"
"Blaven from Ord, Skye"

View from Ord on the Sleat peninsula. Looking to the north west across Loch Eishort.

Published by Judges Ltd., Hastings, reference "19225", date unknown.

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"The Coolin (sic) and Blaven from Tarskavaig, Skye"
"The Coolin (sic) and Blaven from Tarskavaig, Skye"

A view of the Cuillin ridge and Blaven from Tarskavaig on the Sleat peninsula.

Publisher unknown, date unknown but postmarked Portree 1951."

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"The winding road by Loch Slapin, Isle of Skye"
"The winding road by Loch Slapin, Isle of Skye"

This view from Faoilean has changed little in 70 years. Today the road remains as the single track B8083 though with the addition of passing places. The telephone poles and their fragile, whistling wires have gone, replace by miles of snaking armoured grey cable laid on the ground. New poles now carry electricity to the Elgol and the Strathaird peninsula.

An edition of this postcard carries the misspelling "Syke" on the front. "The best of all" series. Published by J. B. White Ltd., Dundee, reference "6922", dated by postmark to 1933 or earlier.

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"On the shores of Loch Slapin, Skye"
"On the shores of Loch Slapin, Skye"

Sheep on the west bank of Loch Slapin. Looking north with Beinn na Cro 572m (1,878 feet) to the right. The background is similar to "The Winding Road" postcard from the same company. Were these two photographs taken on the same day?

Published by J. B. White Ltd., Dundee, reference "A9355", date between 1948 and 1955.

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"Reflections. Loch Slapin and the Red Hills of Skye"
"Reflections. Loch Slapin and the Red Hills of Skye"

Another view of the Red Hills taken J. B. White Ltd. The location is close to the location of the two previous postcards.

Published by J. B. White Ltd., Dundee, reference "A. 1090", date between 1931 and 1944.

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"The Red Hills from Loch Slapin. Isle of Skye"
"The Red Hills from Loch Slapin. Isle of Skye"

Slightly further south than the previous three postcards and looking back at Faoilean with Torrin on the other side of the loch. Today there is a lochan in the foreground with buildings just beyond it associated with a fish farm.

Publisher unknown, reference "E. 1613", date unknown but probably pre-1951 (when the old Torrin marble quarry started operations).

Copyright: All of the postcards on blaven.com are believed to be in excess of 50 years old and out of copyright. Due credit is given to the photographer and publisher where this known or shown on the original card. Please do not reproduce any of these postcards without acknowledging the photographer or publisher.

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