Monday, March 18, 2013

The Bodach & Cailleach

This is the Bodach and Cailleach on the God's Isle of Gigha; a pair of ancient stones that have stood watch over the island for centuries. 

Unlike their better known cousins in Glen Cailliche near Loch Lyon, who have a house and are surrounded by their children, Gigha's old man and woman stand alone on their hillock. In times past offering were left to this pair to insure fertility and that the island would thrive. 

A few years ago their cousins in Glen Cailliche were threatened by a hydro project that would have run high voltage lines over them, and at this link you will find a discussion on the threat some believe is posed to such sites by electricity coursing through wires. If you find the subject of interest you can read more in Ley Lines and Earth Energies by David Cowan and Chris Arnold.  Fortunately, for the Glen Cailliche stones and all who care about such sites, the project was called off.

But the Gigha stones have not been immune to such development. Since my photo was taken a wind farm has sprung up next to them, and on windy days they bathe in the electric noise that once threatened their cousins far away in lonely Glen Cailliche.


  1. One good thing about the Dancing Ladies as they are known is that they do generate a hell of a lot of money for the island....

  2. I wasn't aware of this site, thanks for drawing my attention to it.

    The shape of the Bodach stone compared to those at Tigh na Cailleach is quite striking.