Mingulay

Mingulay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.  Day 16 , 14th July.

.

.

A couple of dolphins from the bow of the ship.  Some of the others got better photographs of them than me.

.

.

.

A curiosity.  A fully restored cottage with people inside plus the derelict skeleton of a connected building.

.

.

.

Mingulay is part of the Barra Islands, in a chain of the islands of the Outer Hebrides stretching down from Lewis and Harris and UistMingulay is the southernmost apart from Berneray.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Mingulay was always a harsh place to live.  There were no good harbours and the island could be effectively inaccessible by sea for months at a time.  It was not affected by the clearances and in fact the population increased with refugees from other islands.  Ultimately, the islanders decided that life here was not sufficiently viable and left by 1912.

.

.

.

This is the remains of “the Village”, the only settlement on the island.  An iron age midden was also found nearby.   The island has a long history of settlement.  There is an iron age dun and other traces of ancient settlement further south.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

The village has been largely buried by sand blown up by storms.  Here we see the lintel of a doorway so the sand must be from four to seven feet deep.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

10 comments on “Mingulay

  1. leecleland says:

    Beautiful as always. I feel sad looking at this quite substantial village (for the islands) with all the hard work to build solid houses and now left to the vagaries of nature. I always wonder at the life the people led and what caused them to leave.

    Like

    • Murray Foote says:

      They lived there for two thousand years or more but the currents between them and Barra could be savage and the storms protracted, isolating them for months at a time. This made them as isolated as St Kilda and they were described as living a more primitive lifestyle than St Kilda. They left when the population started to get older and drift away but more specifically, when they came to realise that life was not so tough on the other islands.

      Like

      • leecleland says:

        Thank you for this Murray. I can understand moving away because life was not so tough elsewhere and with age that can become the real killer. Amazing that they lived there so long really!

        Like

  2. enmanscamera says:

    I liked your photography and enjoyed the information you wrote on such a far away place.

    Like

  3. Our favourite part of the world. Your photos truly reveal its charm and beauty – through so many shades of colour. Thank you.

    Like

    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much. I’ll be returning to it in a couple of weeks after finishing the temporary posts on India, with St Kilda. There’ll also be quite a lot I’ll need to say about St Kilda.

      You must see many remarkable sights at Astana.

      Like

  4. Jane mills says:

    Does the cottage on the island ever get let out of Holdays, I would love to stay there, that’s just where I need to be at the moment!!!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s