Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hebridean Stones 2

The odd stone in the previous post is on Skye, just under the bridge. The above photo of it is from Seton Gordon's Afoot in the Hebrides (1950). A 1200-foot-long barrier of chained logs was stretched across the narrow Sound, and the end of it wrapped around the stone. The barrier would prevent any ship without permission from taking the shorter, and sheltered, inner passage up the east of Skye. The odd shape of the stone is said to have been caused by friction from the chains being wound around it.

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