Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Loch of the Amazons

This is a view of the Sgurr of Eigg that you don't see too often. It highlights how the tip of the Sgurr is a mini Devil's Tower, and not one long sloping ridge as it appears from the east. From this angle the Sgurr looks like a giant serpent slithering across the island.

The photo was taken from above the northern shore of Loch nam Ban Mora, the loch of the great (or big) woman. The little island in the loch was a small dun. MEM Donaldson wrote, in her amazing tome, Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands, of the legend that you could reach the island by stepping stones. From the shore there were no signs of stepping stones, or a causeway of any sorts, and so I climbed a bit to get a better look. The water was crystal clear, and from this high vantage point it was clear that there were no stepping stones. So your only option to see the fort up close is a cold swim. I chose to stay dry and enjoy the view from here.

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