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English: Balmacara Square, former steading and hay barn Balmacara Square was traditionally the centre of the Balmacara Estate. The estate offices and Home Farm were located there on some of the best land in the area. The settlement would have played an important role in the past, being located on the route of the cattle drovers to the markets in the east and south. Also the farm itself would have produced very fine stock.

The settlement gradually developed from a very minimal range of houses and a small steading to one of around 40 households. The steading, which dates originally from the 1770s, developed in stages according to the wishes and requirements of the owner at the time. It was originally built as a stables and cart shed and consisted of a single range. The development appears to reflect significant changes in agriculture at various stages in history, most notably the introduction of cattle rearing, the change from cattle to sheep, and finally the change of tenure to include crofting for the first time.

(Extract from RURAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PARTNERSHIP: BALMACARA SQUARE RESTORATION AND TOWNSHIP REORGANISATION PROJECT by Iain Turnbull - website: http://www.caledonia.org.uk/socialland/balmacar.htm ).

The buildings have now been converted into private dwellings.
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Camera location57° 17′ 34.3″ N, 5° 38′ 33″ W  Heading=202° Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo
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