Yesterday in Southern Skye it was not a day to venture out, with squally showers, aggressive wind and sleet to contend with. What a difference a day can make…
Some more gratuitous sea thrift, this at Arisaig; sandwiched between Fort William (‘the outdoor capital of the Highlands’ and home to the mighty Ben Nevis) and Magnificent Morar - place of singing sands and miles and miles of peace.
North Uist sunrise.
Puffin in flight.
Inquisitive, lovely little bird.
Kilchrist, or ‘Cill Chriosd,’ - Christ’s Church outside Broadford on the Torrin/Elgol road. This beautiful old church dates back to Medieval times and was once the parish church of Strathaird. Old records show that you used to contain two unusual gravemarkers (one dating to pre Christian times), the other dedicated to Lachlan Mor and etched with mysterious hierogylphics. They are no longer there but this church is also woven into MacKinnon history, not all of it glorious:
“On 19 June 1627, Neil Mackinnon became the first Protestant minister of the church, however he “is remembered primarily for his meanness and his greed”. During his appointment ceremony he ‘gave his grite and solemn oath that he all treulie according to his knowledge, give up the Clerk of Councell the names of all the Papists he knew within the Isles’. It is recorded that he only allowed his workmen one meal on Sundays (rather than two, as for other days) as they were resting. However, one Sunday two hungry workmen waited until after MacKinnon had finished preaching and had left the church before setting to work with their foot plough. Following this, the preacher allowed them two meals every day.”
(Additional material sourced from Wikipedia)
The view from Armadale today.
(Armadale, Isle of Skye)
Algy travelled on a little further, until he reached a spot overlooking the old castle in the great sea loch. Huge masses of golden gorse covered the headland, so he decided to make a bed out of the soft, perfumed flowers. That night Algy dreamed of a tropical island, full of the exotic fragrance of spiced coconut!
Oh Algy, you are a robust fellow to be among the prickly gorse!
Seathrift on the rocks at Elgol, Isle of Skye.