Pictures from the last six months – Currently being compiled

by susie on August 29th, 2014

I had a great concert on the Isle of Eigg in August. It is a magical place with an incredible history. The island now famously belongs to the community after being owned by absentee landlords for several centuries. This is the highest point and iconic landmark known as An Sgurr. Susie climbed it in the pouring rain, whilst I read a book about the island’s history in front of a roaring fire…teamwork!
Susie emerges from the Massacre Cave on Eigg. In 1518 the entire population of the island (around 400) was hiding from a hostile band of feuding clansmen during a terrible period of warfare between the MacDonalds and MacLeods. The MacDonalds were eventually discovered and as the entrance to the cave was so small that it could be defended by one man (you have to crawl in). The Macleods outside set a fire and smothered everyone inside. Their bodies remained there untouched for centuries until Victorian souvenir hunters lead by Sir Walter Scott began to remove the skulls.. A very eerie place…
Sandy Golems around the mouth of another Eigg cave.
Looking out from a third cave…
View of the Isle of Rhum from the north end of the Isle of Eigg. We had a really wonderful time and were greeted with very warm hospitality. Hope to get back to Eigg someday soon..
A soggy Hampden Park, Glasgow.  Our national football stadium had been transformed into an athletics arena for the Commonwealth Games. We were there to see the final session of athletics, and one man in particular…
‘What’re Usain tae it Big Man’ A blurry snap of the star of the show – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt Who ran the anchor leg in the 100m relay smashing the Games record. He is a wonderfully relaxed and flamboyant character as well as being a consistent champion. The games were a huge success for Scotland with our best medal total ever. My son Sandy was delighted when a young lady who has been one of his judo teachers won a gold medal…
The classic view of Loch Garry in the Western Highlands, it looks a bit like a map of somewhere…..
Summer hols saw the Malcolms heading north west to the magical Isle of Skye. Here is a view of Portree, Skye’s largest settlement with the Old man Of Storr in the background..
Watery saltire.. the Fairy Pools of Skye looking towards the Cuillin Mountains
Among the Fairy Hills near Uig on Skye.
Dunvegan Castle, Skye – ancient seat of the Clan MacLeod and home of their famous ‘Fairy Flag’ which brought them great success in battle. Everything on Skye seems to be fairy this or fairy that….
The Coral beach near Dunvegan. an natural peculiarity caused by a build up of the remains of a certain marine species…
floramc The grave of The Jacobite heroine who at great risk transferred the fugitive Prince Charlie between islands dressed as her maid. See Skye Boat Song for details…. She later emigrated to America before the Revolutionary War and ended up on the losing side again…
Skye’s only distillery – a wonderfully peaty elixir
Aka the Hogwarts express. The steam train service between Fort William and Mallaig passing through some of the most stunning countryside anywhere. Hang on to your chocolate frogs….

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