Oral Histories

Our oral history collection tells the stories of Lochbroom in the voices of the people who lived them.  You can get a taste of our collection using the links below, and find out more information using our online catalogue.

Do you know someone with a great story to share?  Contact us using the details at the bottom of the page and our team of volunteer oral history researchers will be in touch.

Crofting, fishing & other industries

Listen to Mary Campbell (Doe) talk about her childhood on a croft
Listen to John MacLeod talk about his grandfather’s life as one of the ‘Coigach Cowboys’
Listen to Aldy Macrae talk about life in Ullapool in the 19640s and 1950s
Listen to Iain Boyd talk about life in Ullapool in the 1970s

Extreme weather

Listen to Mary Catherine Mackenzie talk about the 1953 gales
Listen to Brian Tarry talk about clearing up after the 1953 gales
Listen to Ronnie Ross talk about blasting through ice to build a hydroelectric damm near Ullapool
Listen to Murdo Allan Mackenzie talk about the 1978 snow storm

School life

Listen to Maymie MacKenzie talk about her grandmother
Listen to Sally Small talk about school life in Scoraig in the 1960s and 1970s

We take great care to share our oral histories in accordance with the permissions granted when we made the recording. However, we understand that people’s feelings change, and so if you would like us to stop sharing your recording on this page please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.