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For many years Gairloch’s cottars, tenant farmers, and their families lived in crudely-built one-roomed houses, with a byre for the animals attached to one end. These houses were grouped together in small settlements. Strips of land, in the ‘runrig’ system were worked for cultivation and were re-allocated every year to share out the good and less good soil. Thus there was no incentive for anyone to improve his share of the land because he would not be working it in the following year.