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Gairloch

Date: Saturday 20 October 2018

Venue: Screen Machine + GALE Centre

Located on the shore of Loch Gairloch, Gairloch’s coastal climate is affected by the Gulf Stream meaning warmer waters and often a high proportion of jellyfish in the summer months. The screening day was cold and blustery, but this did not dampen the spirit of the attendees, who came out in force to see the films in the Screen Machine and join us for a guided shoreline walk along to the GALE Centre, cafe and hub for the local Community Development Trust. Images: Shona Thomson/Martha Cattell

Hear how people in Gairloch see the sea…

Big thanks to our event partners in Gairloch

Post-screening the audience were invited to take a walk down by the loch, led by local biologist Peter Cunningham. Peter shared his expertise on the marine environment, informing us directly about the MPAs in the area and the threats that the coastline and also fishing industry is facing. The weather meant that wildlife was minimal, but we did manage to spot some seals and gannets braving the elements.

The GALE Centre hosted everyone after the walk; a community café, shop and tourist information hub run by the Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum. Here people were able to have copious amounts of tea and cake, whilst discussing the two films and people’s relationship to the sea. Mairi McFadyen from Local Voices was back on tour recording these conversations, contributing to the wider archive of memories about the sea unique to each screening location.