Inverlochy and Invergarry Castles

The Great Glen, Scotland. Day 23 , 21st July.

From Port Appin and Castle Stalker I had to carefully manage my time because I had a plane to catch about 100 kilometres away in Inverness at 1pm.  There were many places along the way that I had identified but was unable to visit.  However, I still managed to stop by at the two castles below.

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Inverlochy Castle

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Inverlochy Castle is close to Fort William and commands the southern approaches to the Great Glen, the great schism that runs north-east to Inverness.  It was built about 1280 by John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch.

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This is what it looked like shortly after it was built.  It was a formidable fortress surrounded by a deep moat and commanding the river access to Loch Ness from the south.  There is no longer a moat and the fort is in ruins.

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There was a naval battle near here in 1297 though I cannot find any details of it.  It was probably between the English and the Scots because 1297 was the year of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, when William Wallace routed the English army and became Guardian of Scotland.

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We are looking at Comyn’s Tower, where John Comyn resided.  John Comyn (the Black Comyn) died in 1302 and was succeeded by his son John Comyn (the Red Comyn).  This was a tempestuous time in Scotland’s history.   King Alexander III died in 1286 and his child heir Margaret Maid of Norway died in 1290 on her way to Scotland.  John Balliol became king in 1292 but was deposed and exiled by Edward I of England in 1296.

The John Comyns (Black and Red) were the chief supporters of John Balliol and thus main rivals of the Robert Bruces (elder and younger).   John (the Red) Comyn was taken prisoner by the English after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296, when Robert Bruce (the younger) was on the side of the English though not present at the battle.  John was released after agreeing to fight for Edward in Flanders but escaped after hearing of the successes of William Wallace and made his way back to Scotland in support of Wallace.

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After the defeat of William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298, John (the Red) Comyn became Guardian of Scotland along with Robert Bruce the younger, his main rival. There were various combinations of Guardian over the next seven years but they usually included John Comyn as sole or joint Guardian.  In 1304,  when Scotland was about to be overwhelmed by the armies of Edward I, John Comyn signed a peace with reasonable terms.

In 1306, John was murdered in a church by Robert Bruce which provoked a short civil war.  Robert became king as Robert I but was defeated by the English and went into hiding.  He returned in 1307, defeated the English at Loudon Hill, took Inverlochy Castle and crushed the Comyns and their allies in battle.

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There were two battles of Inverlochy much later.  The first in 1431 followed the imprisonment of Alexander of Islay, Lord of the Isles by James I.  In it, Alexander’s cousin Donald Balloch defeated the royalist forces of the Earls of Mar and Caithness.  However, James I soon after led an army into the Highlands and dispersed the rebels.

The second Battle of Inverlochy was in 1645 both as part of the Scottish Civil War and as a battle between clans.  The Royalist Montrose with 1500 men was thirty miles north of Inverlochy with a Covenanter army in front of him at Inverness and another one of 3,000 men under Argyll behind him at Inverlochy.  He slipped away and marched around Ben Nevis at night and surprised Argyll at dawn, routing the Covernantor forces.  In terms of the clans, it was the MacDonalds defeating the Campbells.

Cromwell built a replacement fortification nearby at Fort William in 1654 and Inverlochy Castle fell into disuse from that time.  Though a ruin, it is unusual in that it was never remodelled since its original construction.

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(A section of wall on one of the towers).

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Invergarry Castle

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Invergarry Castle is about another thirty kilometres further along the Great Glen from Inverlochy Castle.  It was built in the early 1600s by the MacDonalds of Glengarry.

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Cromwell’s troops under General Monck burned the castle down in 1654.  It was repaired and from 1688 to 1692 was held for James VII until its surrender to the forces of William and Mary.  It was held by the Jacobites during the rising of 1715 and retaken by the Government in 1715.  In 1745 and 1746 it was also held by the Jacobites during the ’45 rising.

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Cumberland took it in 1746 and sacked it, leaving the empty shell you see today.  There has recently been restoration work to support the structure and it is fenced off so that you cannot go inside, presumably for safety reasons.

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From Invergarry Castle, I drove on to Inverness, in time for a flight to Orkney.

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Castle Stalker

Appin, The Great Glen, Scotland. Day 22-23 , 20th-21st July.

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When we returned from the St Kilda cruise to Oban, I was not far from my next destination but my rental car was still on Mull.  So I took the ferry to back to Craignure on Mull and drove back to Port Appin the long way.  This is Sgeir Bhuide Lighthouse taken from a Port Appin Hotel where I had a meal and near where I was staying.  It looks as though it is on the point but it is in fact on a rock some distance behind.

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And this is Castle Stalker, which I had come to see.  You can go inside but the tours are once a week and did not coincide with my visit.

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Loche Linnhe with Sgeir Bhuide lighthouse again, in the middle distance.  The original lighthouse was built in the late nineteenth century but this is a replacement one from 2002.

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Castle Stalker was built in the mid-fifteenth century, replacing a smaller fortified building which had been built around 1320.  It is a monolithic keep, typical of early Scottish castles.

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For nearly the first two hundred years, it was in the hands of the Stewarts, relations of the Scottish royal family.  Most of the lairds in the first hundred years ended up murdered by people from rival clans, which says something of the times and why they needed to have castles.

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In 1620, the castle changed hands to the Campbells as a consequence of a drunken wager by the seventh Stewart laird, and in exchange for an eight-oared wherry (or cargo boat).

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Old buildings beside the road

In 1689, the Stewarts retook Castle Stalker as part of a campaign for James VII of Scotland (James II of England) against William and Mary.  The Campbells regained it in 1690 following the Stewart defeat at the Battle of Dunkeld though it took a seige of several months.

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In 1840 the roof either fell in or was removed to avoid roof tax and the castle was abandoned.

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In 1908 a Stewart bought the castle back from the Campbells and the castle was restored in the 1970s.

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This is a multiple-image panorama.  Click to zoom around in a much larger image.

The mountains in the distance are the far side of the Loch Linnhe (an estuary, not a lake).  The green area in the middle distance is the Island of Lismore on which there was a monastic settlement from about 563AD.  The land on the mainland on the left is Appin, from the Gaelic Apuin, which means “Abbey Lands”.

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The Sound of Mull

Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Day 21-22 , 19th-20th July.

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Just to be clear, the Sound of Mull is the stretch of water between the Island of Mull and the Scottish mainland, not a rustling of marijuana or a Hebridean pipe band.

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The first two images of fishing trawlers are actually in the Sea of the Hebrides; the rest of the images are in the Sound of Mull.

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Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse

This is Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse, at the end of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

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Tobermory Lighthouse

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As we sailed down the Sound of Mull, the weather was fine and the fog had gone.

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Ardtornish Castle

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Duart Castle

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Ardtornish Castle

We anchored off the ruins of Ardtornish Castle for the night and watched the sun go down.

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Ardtornish Castle

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Next morning, we sailed the short distance back to Oban.  There was a final surprise not far from our anchorage – a white-tailed eagle.

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Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Day 21 , 19th July.

 

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Heading back for Oban in very still conditions.  We are passing Neist Point near the north-west tip of Skye.  You can just see the lighthouse.  It looks very different here from when we saw it on land.

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For a time the mist descended and we could hardly see anything.  It seemed the sort of weather where one might encounter the Marie Celeste.  We didn’t see her but were soon to make other sightings and the sea was amazingly still….

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An orca dorsal fin (not the flipper of a whale).

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Female orca.

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Male orca.  The birds appear to be ringed plovers.

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Fishing boat (dredger) in the distance.

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Ringed plovers.

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There are three orcas altogether.  A bull known as “John Coe” and two females.

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Common gull.

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Common gull.

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Lesser black-backed gull.

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Lesser black-backed gull.

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Gannet.

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Dolphins.

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Altogether, an incredible display in remarkably calm conditions.

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Leverburgh

Leverburgh, Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 20 , 18th July.

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On our return from St Kilda we stopped in Leverburgh for the night.  This is right down at the south tip of Harris.  You can drive here from Lewis (which is actually the same island) but to go further south to Uist you need to take a ferry.  There was some time left before nightfall so we went for a short walk on land.

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The ruins of an abandoned croft, probably from the clearances in the nineteenth century.

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Soay

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 20 , 18th July.

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These images are all from the Atlantic coast of Soay (the north-western island of the St Kilda group) as we slowly sail by….

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St Kildan hunting parties frequently came here to gather birds and eggs from the cliffs of this wild landscape.  There are 40 cleits on Soay, though I didn’t notice any from the ship (and certainly not in this image!).

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There are no trees here on Soay, so the gannets cannot use leaves, branches and twigs to build their nests but make do with whatever materials are available, mainly probably flotsam and jetsum.  Notice the number of pieces of rope hanging from the underside of the nests.

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Soay and Am Plastair (small island to right) with Hirta in the distance – Click to zoom into very large image

This is another panorama available in large size.  Click on the image to zoom in for detail.

Stac Biorach

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 20 , 18th July.

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We are in the channel between Hirta and Soay.   Hirta is the main island in the St Kilda group and Soay is the large island to the north-west of it (original home of the Soay Sheep).  Refer map in the Arrival at St Kilda post.

It’s a bit hard for me to know exactly what we are looking at here.  The triangular rock looks like Stac Dona but that’s beside Soay and too far away so that must be just a coincidence.  My guess is that the two rocks in the foreground are at the end of Hirta off An Campar (or the Cambir) and are too small to appear on an online map.  The larger rock in the background is probably Stac Shoaigh, seen lengthways and looking closer than it really was due to perspective compression with a long telephoto lens.

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The same two rocks in the foreground and definitely Soay in the background to the right.  Probably Stac Shoaigh again in the background to the left.

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Here we are looking back against the sun at the headland at An Campar on Hirta.  What appears to be a square end to the point is actually a small island (Mina Stac).

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On the left is Stac Shoaigh, showing a hole from a tunnel through it.  The tall rock to the right of it is Stac Biorach.  At the far right is Soay.  The sea mist is a bit heavier here. it comes and goes.

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Looking back at Hirta.

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Stac Biorach in front of Soay.

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Again but closer.  There are innumerable seabirds on top of the stac.

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The bottom of the stac, underneath the mist.

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Here you can see the density of the birds on the rock.

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Birds on rock ledges on Stac Biorach.  I think they are all gannets.

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The St Kildans were expert climbers and had no trouble climbing stacs like these.

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Gannets against Stac Biorach.

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A closer view of a gannet.

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Farewell to Hirta

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 20 , 18th July.

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Early in the morning, before we left, I took some shots of Village Bay from the ship.  This first one is a wide angle and you can see some naval buildings in front on the far right and a little of them on the far left.  “The street” stretches across the middle, with stone fences, enclosures and cleits behind.  (You can always click on the image to see that better).  There’s still some fog but the weather is much clearer than either of the previous two days.

Much of the sea wall at the top of the bank behind the “beach” was demolished by the navy years ago but remember that after the huge storm of 1860 the houses along “the Street” were knee-deep in water.

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This image and the following ones were picked off with a 300mm lens, though some combine multiple images for a panorama.  This shows a little of the density of cleits, walls and enclosures behind the houses.

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The cleits and enclosures continue behind the “head dyke” or back wall.

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A view of the Feather Store from the front and the wharf in front of it (with the tide out).  You can see why landings can be difficult in rough weather.

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Lady Grange’s house in the mid left foreground.  Behind that is the street and behind that the cemetery.  You can see the cemetery gate if you click on the next image and zoom in, though you can only really see the front wall of the cemetery.

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The image above is a panorama comprising six images.  You won’t see much detail in it as it sits on this page, but you will if you click on it.  If you click on any image in the Blog you’ll see a larger one, but in this case you go to a huge image that you can zoom into.

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The cleits continue up the hills and beyond the horizon.

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Our last glimpse of Village Bay – these are some enclosures on the cliffs of Hirta near Dun, just south of the village.

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Looking back from the North-East coast of Hirta.  Village Bay is out of sight behind the headland and Dun is in the distance at the left.

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Sgeir nan Sgarbh

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Stac an Armin, Stac Lee and Boreray

These are two stacks and a corner of the island of Boreray, some miles away.  Stac an Armin, on the left, is where three men and eight boys survived for nine months when the smallpox epidemic laid waste to the residents at Village Bay on Hirta.

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Sea Cave

There’s a small line of black-and-white guillemots perched on a ledge high inside the wall of the sea cave.

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Abhainn a’ Ghlinne Mhoir at Gleanne Mor

This is our last glimpse of settlement on Hirta.  The creek is called Abhainn a’ Ghlinne Mhoir and the area is Gleanne Mor.  If you look closely there are a number of cleits in the landscape.  To the left of the creek, out of sight here, there are the remains of a number of interesting structures.  These include sheilings, or summer huts and the “Amazon’s House” (Taigh na Banaghaisgeich), thought to be a Pictish-era residence dating from 400AD to 900AD.  Mind you, there should also be sheilings within our field of view, though you’d have to be walking around to have a chance of identifying them.

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Mina Stac off Conachair

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Not so long ago, the inhabitants of St Kilda would have lowered themselves down these cliffs on homemade ropes and swung sideways to get to the birds and their eggs.

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The birds are guillemots.

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St Kilda Monochrome and Infrared

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 18-19 , 16th to 17th July.

 

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This is a series of monochrome conversions of selected images from the previous six posts on St Kilda.  In those posts these mono images appear as colour and there is often detailed commentary including historical notes.  For information and context about St Kilda and these images, see those previous posts starting at Arrival at St Kilda.

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photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

The following eight images are infrared, shot using an R72 filter.  Some are colour and some are mono conversions.  None have snow; that’s just how grass and leaves can come out in infrared.

Unlike the mono images, there are no colour versions of them in other posts.  The exposures were all taken within a half hour period.  I brought my monopod to shore (though it should really have been my tripod) and I then discovered that I had left the head for it on the ship.  Consequently they are all hand-held at high ISOs.  This produced a lot of noise but then this is in line with the excessive grain often found in monochrome infrared film photography and I think actually assists the images.

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photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

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photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

photography, travel, archaeology, history, landscape, architecture, scotland, st-kilda, Hebrides, Monochrome, Black and White, Infrared .

A Walk to the Gap

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 19 , 17th July.

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In the afternoon, we decided to go for a walk up to the Gap, beyond the top of the ridge behind the village.  I paused on the way for an image of this large cleit.

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Another, looking back.  The dark roof of one of the restored houses in the street is visible at far right in the middle distance.

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I had to be careful I didn’t fall too far behind….

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We’ve climbed the slope to a flatter area near the top known as An Lag (An Lag Bho’n Tuath in full).  This is one of the large enclosures here, presumably for sheep.  There are four large altogether, two of which also have internal walls.

(The rest of the group are to the right of the enclosure, almost out of sight).

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Only one entrance to the enclosure….

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… and there is a number of small cleits.

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We are on top of the cliff now.  This must be the Gap.  It would no doubt look very different in the absence of fog.

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Here carefully I lie down full length on the ground so that just my head and my camera are over the edge of the cliff.  We are looking straight down, at the sea if we could see it.  The sea cliffs along here are the highest in the UK.  It’s probably higher a bit further along at Conachair but this is where it’s steepest, in fact vertical.  We can’t see much but we are therefore at the point of the highest vertical sea cliff in the United Kingdom.  Somewhere down below us there is also a sea cave and an overhang.

 

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The fog is even heavier at the top.

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We’ve walked back down and here we are overlooking the street again.

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