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Bla Bheinn from near Kilchrist in Strath Suardal.
Bla Bheinn from a ruined quarry building in Strath Suardal.
The road to Camas Malag bay, near Torrin.
Bla Bheinn over Loch Slapin.
One of the locals with the Isle of Rum in the distance.
Bla Bheinn and Loch Slapin from the coastal track to Suisnish.
Abandoned croft at Suisnish. It says in the guide book that it could be used as an emergency shelter.
You would have to be bloody desperate though, it's pretty grim inside and the dead sheep didn't help.
Round the corner, now heading east along Loch Eishort. Bheinn Sgritheall in the distance.
One of several waterfalls along this part of the coast.
A basalt dyke.
Zooming in on Bheinn Sgritheall.
A ruined croft at Boreraig.
Suisnish and Boreraig were victims of the clearances. The families that lived here were driven out forcibly
and many of the elderly died as hundreds were evicted into the snow that lay there in October 1853. The houses
were razed to prevent their return and they had to find shelter as best they could in the open. One old crofter
returned to the ruins during the night and was found dead from exposure in the remains of his home the following morning.
Archibald Geikie, the renowned Edinburgh geologist, was visiting the area at the time of the clearance. He recounted that:
'A strange wailing sound reached my ears. I could see a long and motley procession winding along the road that led north from Suisnish.
There were old men and women, too feeble to walk, who were placed in carts; the younger members of the community on foot were
carrying their bundles of clothes while the children, with looks of alarm, walked alongside. A cry of grief went up to heaven, the long
plaintive wail, like a funeral coronach. The sound re-echoed through the wide valley of Strath in one prolonged note of desolation.'
A standing stone at Boreraig.
The Isle of Rum from Boreraig.
The Isle of Rum from a ruined croft at Boreraig.
On the track from Boreraig to Strath Suardal.
This track joins the Marble Trail that I walked yesterday.
Bla Bheinn from Strath Suardal.
Elgol. Evening light on Gars-bheinn in the Cuillins.
Sgurr na Stri.
The Cuillins from Elgol.
Some are still at work.
Along the coast, south of Elgol.
Marsco (at left) and Bla Bheinn.
Sunset over Rum.
Fireworks over the Cuillins.