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Kyle of Lochalsh oil depot

Former parish and county:
Parish of Lochalsh, County of Ross and Cromarty
Local authority:
Shell Mex Ltd.


  • Listed among “proposed new depots to be be erected” in minutes of Scottish Oil Agency 14th April 1919. See 215765 page 156
  • LEASE. The Secretary reported that Lease between the Highland Railway Company and the Agency for site of stance for Oil Storage Tank at Kyle of Lochalsh at a rent of £10 per annum (already signed Mr. Fraser) was signed by Mr. Lloyd as Director, on 2nd December, 1919 and passed on for completion of execution on behalf of the Company to their Office in Glasgow, which was approved. Minutes of Directors' Meetings for The Scottish Oil Agency Limited, 11th December 1919. See full record 87241

  • General location
  • Newspaper references

      Possibility of Becoming Important Port.

      For several months past Kyle of Lochalsh has resembled a busy shipbuilding centre rather than a Highland village set in the midst of mountains. The continuous riveting and hammering of the new tank, which is being erected for Shell-Mex Limited, has resounded from the surrounding hills, and given quite an industrial touch to the vicinity. The tank is now nearly completed and is to be used as a container for fuel oil for bunkering oil burning vessels. It is estimated hold fully a quarter a million gallons, and, rising some Seventy-five feet above sea level, will allow of bunkering by force of gravity. It is understood that oil tanker vessels are to be used for transporting supplies.

      Bunkering Port.

      Kyle’s geographical position makes it an excellent choice for such an installation. The pier juts out to the fairway in the direct shipping route between the British west coast ports and the North and Baltic Seas. It is probable that, with the continued increase in oil burning vessels, that Kyle will ultimately become the leading bunkering port of the north-west for this class. This is of particular interest at the present to those engaged in the fishing industry in view of the likely extension of the fleet with crude oil engined craft.

      Aberdeen Press and Journal , 20th February 1930