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Then and Now

This page compares the scene shown on an old postcard with how that scene looks today.

With carefull planning and study of the original postcard I have attempted to take the present day photograph from exactly the same location, using the same lens focal length and in similar lighting conditions; a technique popularly known as rephotography.

Torrin Public School, then and now.

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Broadford Hotel, then and now.

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Blaven from Torrin, then and now.

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Broadford Old Church and Blaven, then and now.

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Torrin Barns, then and now.

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Broadford Hotel

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The then postcard carries the reference "214968 J V" and was published by Valentines of Dundee. The date of the photograph is unknown.

The Broadford Hotel dates from 1611 and sits at the start of the B8083 road to Torrin, Blaven and Elgol.

John Ross and his son James owned the then Broadford Inn at the end of 19th century. According to legend the recipe for the whisky liqueur An Dram Buidhe ("the yellow drink") was given by Bonnie Prince Charlie to Clan Mackinnon who then passed it on to James. James Ross developed. improved and patented the recipe giving it the name Drambuie. A memorial drinking fountain errected "by his many friends and aquaintances as a token of their esteem" used to stand outside the hotel but now stands in the nearby Broadford community garden.

The now photograph was taken in January 2012 on a typically dreich Skye day.

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