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Plockton is a picturesque settlement on the shores of Loch Carron. It faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift

gives it a mild climate allowing the Cordyline australis palm or cabbage tree to prosper.

Most of the houses date from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a planned community based on fishing in an attempt to stem the tide of emigration from the

Highlands. The Church of Scotland in the village (also used by the Free Church of Scotland) was designed by Thomas Telford.

The village is a popular tourist resort, especially because the TV series Hamish Macbeth, starring Robert Carlyle, was filmed there, substituting for the

fictional Lochdubh. Plockton was also used for various scenes in the film The Wicker Man and the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries TV series.

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Nearby images in Scotland


A: Loch Carron Plokton

by Volker Uhl, 440 meters away

Loch Carron Plokton

B: Plockton

by Volker Uhl, 490 meters away


C: Plockton

by Volker Uhl, 520 meters away


D: Duirinish

by Volker Uhl, 3.3 km away


E: Loch Carron Stromeferry Scotland

by Geoff Mather, 6.0 km away

This location on the A890 near Stromeferry overlooks this sea loch for all of its Eastern end.

Loch Carron Stromeferry Scotland

F: Kyleakin Skye Bridge Skye Scotland

by Geoff Mather, 9.2 km away

The Kyle of Loch Alsh from the village of Kyleakin.

Kyleakin Skye Bridge Skye Scotland

G: Loch Alsh from the Skye Bridge

by Volker Uhl, 9.4 km away

Loch Alsh from the Skye Bridge

H: Viewpoint at the road to Applecross

by Volker Uhl, 9.4 km away

Viewpoint at the road to Applecross

I: Skye Bridge

by Volker Uhl, 9.4 km away

Skye Bridge

J: Skye Bridge Kyleakin Skye Scotland

by Geoff Mather, 9.4 km away

A yacht passes under the Skye bridge as we look across the Kyle of Loch Alsh.

Skye Bridge Kyleakin Skye Scotland

This panorama was taken in Scotland, Europe

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In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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