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Helmsdale, Highland

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Helmsdale, Highland

Helmsdale is a village on the east coast of Sutherland, in the Highland council area of Scotland. The modern village was planned in 1814 to resettle communities that had been removed from the surrounding straths as part of the Highland Clearances. Helmsdale is a fishing port at the estuary of the River Helmsdale, and was once the home of one of the largest herring fleets in Europe. The river itself is well known for its fishing.
Administrative CountyHighland
Traditional CountySutherland
OS GridND0215
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityNorthern Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01431

Other names by which Helmsdale, Highland has been known in the past

Helmisdale ~ Illie

Helmsdale, Highland in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Helmsdale, small seaport with ry. sta., Kildonan par., Sutherlandshire, at mouth of river Helmsdale, 17 miles NE. of Golspie, 60 SW. of Wick, and 682 NW. of London by rail; comprises, on the left bank of the river (which is crossed by a two-arch bridge), Helmsdale proper, with East Helmsdale, and on the right bank West Helmsdale, with Marrel and Gartymore; Helmsdale (including East Helmsdale), pop. 675; West Helmsdale (including Marrel and Gartymore), pop. 659; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Helmsdale dates from 1818; it is the head of the fishery district extending from Embo to Dunbeath, and has a commodious natural harbour, with breastwork and pier. Adjacent to the town are the ruins of an old castle of 1488, long the residence of the earls of Sutherland.

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