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Isle of Skye

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Also known as:
  • Eilean a' Cheò
  • Eilean Sgiathannach

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Achadh Nam Bard Standing Stone / Menhir
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Achaoh A'Chuirn Chambered Cairn
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An Corran Cave / Rock Shelter
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An Reidhean Stone Circle
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An Sithean Chambered Cairn
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Armadale Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Barpa Cairn(s)
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Beinn na Cailleach Cairn(s)
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Beinn na Caillich Cairn(s)
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Beinn Na Caillich Chambered Cairn
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Boreraig Stone Circle
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Borve (Isle of Skye) Stone Row / Alignment
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Cadha nan Ingrean Stone Fort / Dun
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Cadha Riach Chambered Cairn
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Carn Ban Stone Fort / Dun
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Carn Liath, Kensaleyre Chambered Cairn
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Carn Liath, Kilmuir Chambered Cairn
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Carn Liath, Struanmore Chambered Cairn
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Clachan Fhuarain Standing Stone / Menhir
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Clach Ard Standing Stone / Menhir
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Clach na h'annait Standing Stone / Menhir
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Clach Oscar Standing Stone / Menhir
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Claigan Souterrain Souterrain
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Cnocan Nan Cobhar Long Cairn
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Cnoc Ullinish Chambered Tomb
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Creagan Soillier Stone Fort / Dun
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Creag Nam Meann Stone Fort / Dun
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Cuidrach Stone Setting Stone Circle
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Druim Dubh Cairn(s)
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Dunanellerich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dunan an Aisilidh Stone Fort / Dun
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Duntulm Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Acardinon Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun A'Cheitechin Broch
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Dun a'Chleirich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Adhamh Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Alighlinn Broch
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Dun Ardtreck Broch
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Dun Ard an t-Sabhail Broch
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Dun Arkaig Broch
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Dun Ban Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Beag Broch
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Dun Beag, Balmeanach Hillfort
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Dun Beag (Cairn) Cairn(s)
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Dun Beag Cairn Cairn(s)
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Dun Beag (Loch Slapin) Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Bernisdale Stone Fort / Dun (Destroyed)
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Dun Boreraig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Boreraig (Duirinish) Broch
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Dun Bornasketaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Borrafiach Broch
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Dun Borve Broch
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Dun Borve, Cuidrach Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Borve (Greshornish) Broch
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Dun Chaich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Chlo Stone Fort / Dun (Destroyed)
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Dun Cnoc a'Sga Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Colbost Broch
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Dun Craig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Cruinn Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Dearg Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Diarmaid, Bracadale Broch
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Dun Druim nan Slochd Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Edinbane Broch
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Dun Ela Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Eyre Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Fada Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Faich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Feorlig Broch
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Dun Fiadhairt Broch
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Dun Flashader Broch
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Dun Flodigarry Broch
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Dun Garafad Broch (Destroyed)
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Dun Garsin, Bracadale Broch
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Dun Gearymore Broch
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Dun Geilbt Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Gerashader Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Goirid Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Grianan Broch
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Dun Grianan (Tote) Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Grugaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Hallin Broch
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Dun Hollan Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Kearstach Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Kingsburgh (North) Broch
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Dun Kingsburgh (South) Broch
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Dun Knock Hillfort
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Dun Kraiknish Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Liath (Glasnakille) Broch
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Dun Liath, Kilmuir Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Maraig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Merkadale Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Mor Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Mor, Struanmore Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun na h'Airde Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Neill Promontory Fort
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Dun Osdale Broch
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Dun Peinduin Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Raisaburgh Broch
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Dun Ringill Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Santavaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Sgalair Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Skudiburgh Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Sleadale (Talisker) Broch
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Dun Smail Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Suladale Broch
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Dun Taimh Hillfort
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Dun Tom na h-Uraich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Torvaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Torvaig Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dun Totaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Treaslane Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Vallerain Hillfort
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Dun View Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Vlargveg Stone Fort / Dun
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Eilean Ruaridh Hillfort
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Eyre Standing Stones
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Eyre Manse Cairn(s)
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Glen Heysdal Broch
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Healabhal Mhor Round Cairn
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High Pasture Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Kilbride Stone Circle
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Kilchriosd Stone Circle
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Kilmarie Stone Circle
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Kilmore Christianised Site
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Kilvaxter Souterrain
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Knock Ullinish Souterrain
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Liveras Chambered Tomb
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Lon Beatha Cairn(s)
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The Maidens Natural Rock Feature
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Na Clachan Bhreige Stone Circle
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Old Man of Storr Natural Rock Feature
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Port na Faganaich Natural Rock Feature
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The Raven's Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Rigg Promontory Fort
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River Sligachan Stone Circle
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Rocabarra Standing Stone / Menhir
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Rubh an Dunain Broch
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Rubh an Dunain Chambered Cairn
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Rudha nan Clach Standing Stones
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Tote (Skeabost) Chambered Cairn
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Tot Nan Druidhean Cairn(s)
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Trumpan Cairn(s)
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Uig Cairn(s)
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Vatten Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Heaven Stone Holed Stone
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Teampuill Chaon Christianised Site

News

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60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye

Geologists have found evidence of a 60 million-year-old meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42351959
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th December 2017ce

The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland


https://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk/

I have spent some time examining this database, which was released into the public domain in June 2017, most particularly with respect with the area I am most familiar with: The Isle of Skye... continues...
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
6th July 2017ce
Edited 6th July 2017ce

Mesolithic hazel nut shells found


http://archaeology... continues...
tjj Posted by tjj
25th October 2015ce
Edited 25th October 2015ce

Skye Cave Find Western Europe's 'earliest string instrument'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-17537147
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th March 2012ce

Burial site find delays new Skye medical centre

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-14509160
strathspey Posted by strathspey
12th August 2011ce
Edited 14th August 2011ce

Prehistoric cave on Skye "Still occupied"


A cave thought to have been occupied by people as early as 3BC was still being lived in this year, it has emerged.

A new hearth for a fire and stacks of wood cut for kindling were found in the L-shaped fissure at Leitir Fura, Kinloch, on Skye... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
24th August 2010ce
Edited 24th August 2010ce

Seventh Grave Discovered At Skye Bronze Age Site

The latest find is thought to be even older than the six burials previously found.

First published 23/12/09.

More on:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1536528
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd December 2009ce

Tide turns on Iron Age midden treasure trove


AN ANCIENT rubbish tip – inhabited nearly 2,000 years ago – is disappearing into the sea, archeologists have warned.

The Iron Age midden on Skye's west coast has so far yielded bone fragments, stone tools, a button manufactured from horn and the top of a human skull... continues...
moss Posted by moss
11th December 2009ce
Edited 11th December 2009ce

Prehistoric burial ground found on Skye

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1467854?UserKey=
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
4th November 2009ce

Rare Iron Age Burial Found on Skye


Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the first Iron Age burial on the Isle of Skye.

The skeleton from about the 1st millennium BC is thought to be that of a young female. It was found recently in an open stone-lined grave as the archaeologists worked to re-open the blocked entrance to the High Pasture Cave... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th September 2005ce
Edited 8th September 2005ce

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I heard some folklore today, unprompted, and I hope the person who told it won't mind me retelling it here. He said that when his father was young (this might be about 60 or more years ago) he lived on Skye for a while, and he'd gone on a long walk over the Cuilleans, accompanying a local man. It took them five hours to get across the mountains and his father then assumed they'd walk the flat way back, along the road. But he was very surprised when his guide said 'well goodbye then' and made to set off the way they'd come. It transpired that the short route home went past a green mound (where, my narrator said, there were, as we would say, fairies, but it was a bronze age burial mound) - and the guide was under no circumstances about to walk past it now that the dusk was falling. He would rather take the five hours back over the mountains in the dark. Which, according to the tale, he did. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th November 2010ce
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The pattern of distribution of monuments near the Red Cuchuillin mountains is very striking, when viewed on the map, for their locations draw a curve around the southern and eastern sides, the monuments roughly equally spaced and delineating the edge of the mountains perfectly. The Red Cuchuillins, then, seem to be of central significant in the positioning of these sites. They are the easternmost part of the Cuchuillin range, the creation of which is described in folklore thus:

"When all the world was new, there was a great heather-clad plain between Loch Bracadale on the west and the Red Hills on the east. It was a dark and lonely place and the Cailleach Bhur (= Hag of the Ridges, i.e. Winter), whose home was on Ben Wyvis, often lived there when she came west to boil up her linen in her washing pot, dangerous Corryvreckan. She was a very powerful and fearsome person who had made Scotland by dropping into the sea a creel of peat and rock which she brought with her from the north. When her clothes had boiled well, she would spread them to bleach on Storr, and while she was in Skye no good weather was to be got at all. Now spring hated her because she held the maiden he loved prisoner (until the girl should wash a brown fleece white) and he fought with her, but she was strong, stronger than anyone else within the four boundaries of the earth, and he could do nothing. He appealed to the Sun to help him and the Sun flung his spear at Cailleach Bhur as she walked on the moor; it was so fiery and hot it scorched the very earth, and where it struck, a blister, six miles long and six miles wide, grew and grew until it burst and flung forth the Cuchuillins as a glowing, molten mass. For many, many months they glowed and smoked, and the Cailleach Bhur fled away and hid beneath the roots of a holly and dared not return. Even now, her snow is useless against the fire hills.

- Otta F. Swire, Skye: The Island and its Legends, 1961, pp. 20-1.

(for more on the Cailleach Bhur in Skye see also Rudha nan Clach)

The Cuchuillins are also noted, in mythology, for the "school for heroes" run by Skiach, "goddess or mortal no one knows which, but undoubtedly a great warrior. Some say she took her name from a Gaelic name for Skye, others that Skye took its name from her" (see Swire pp. 21-3). The Irish hero Cuchuillin, for whom these mountains are named, heard of Skiach and her school, and with three strides travelled from Ulster to her school. After defeating every one of her students, Skiach finally allowed him to fight with her daughter, whom he also vanquished, after two days. Furious, Skiach descended from her heights to fight Cuchuillin herself. After two days of fighting "on the mountains and on the moors and in the sea" the combat was exactly equally matched, with neither able to gain the upper hand. At this stage Skiach's daughter offers both her mother and Cuchuillin a meal of deer stuffed with roast hazelnuts. Each thinking that "the hazels of knowledge" would teach them how to overcome their opponent, the two of them sit down to eat. From the hazels they learn that they are exactly matched, and that neither will ever win over the other. They therefore make peace, and swear that each will answer the other's call, "though the sky fall and crush us". Skiach named the mountains where they had fought in Cuchuillin's honour.

Swire (Ibid., p. 23) records one further curious piece of folklore with regard to the Cuchuillins:

"In the Cuchuillins, too, though exactly where must not be said, is a cave of gold. Unlike all other treasure caves, there are no barriers here between men and untold wealth. No magic word is required. No fearful monster guards the entrance. He who finds the cave may take as much gold as he needs and return as often as he desires more, but each time he enters the cave, and each time he uses the gold, he will become a little more evil and a little more evil, until he loses his soul. That is the price."
TomBo Posted by TomBo
30th June 2004ce
Edited 22nd March 2011ce

Miscellaneous

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"Many people believe that it is from her wings* and her Gaelic name, Eilean Sgiathanach (Winged Isle), that the name Skye comes. Ptolemy of Alexandria (A.D. 200) refers to the island as Sketis, while the ancient Celtic name 'Skeitos' has become Sgiath in modern Gaelic. Adamnan knew it as Scia. This 'wing derivation certainly sounds very probable, more probable than the other version which claims that 'Skye' is Scandinavian, derived from a norse word Ski (cloud). This school of thought takes its stand on the fact that cloud or mist is what would first and most forcibly attract the notice of any stranger visiting the isle**, whereas to notice the 'wings' requires a map. Obviously this school has never tried (as the early Scandinavian settlers most certainly did) to sail around the despised wings. Of course, many place-names in Skye undoubtedly are Scandinavian, but they date from a later time than Ptolemy - four or five centuries later. A third suggestion, once seriously put forward by certain Celtic antiquaries, was that in Skye stood the temple, known to Greek fable, of Apollo among the Hyperboreans, and that the Gaelic name of the island refers to the wings of the Greek god! The name may, in fact, belong to some old forgotten pre-Celtic tongue."

- Otta F. Swire, Skye: The Island and its Legends, 1961, pp. 72-3.

* The "wings" are Skye's various promontories, for example Trotternish, Waternish and Duirnish.

** Skye is also known as Eilean a' Cheò, meaning "The Misty Isle".
TomBo Posted by TomBo
1st July 2004ce
Edited 1st July 2004ce

"Strath appears to have been a great religious centre ever since prehistoric times. The remains of several stone circles are still to be seen there, in close juxtaposition to a number of ancient churches now in ruins. It seems generally agreed that before St. Columba brought Christianity to Skye the pagan religion of the island was that mysterious cult which has come to us only in the form of stone circles (believed to have been places of worship), monoliths (which in Skye seem to have been frequently connected with graves or burial mounds), and sacred wells and woods, the latter usually hazel groves. St. Columba never attempted to destroy the sacred places of paganism nor the firm belief in the virtues of certain harmless practices he found: instead he blessed them and gave them Christian symbolism, as in the story of St. Turog and the wells at Flodigarry. This is very clearly illustrated in Strath, where five old churches or chapels, now in ruins, stand each beside or near a stone circle, and the graveyards all contain some prehistoric stones as well as having tradition that they were first pagan burial-grounds and later Christian."

- Otta F. Swire, Skye: The Island and its Legends, 1961, pp. 217-8.
TomBo Posted by TomBo
30th June 2004ce
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An Reidhean (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited: May 23, 2017

The existence of this 'possible' stone circle was announced following a Discovery and Excavation in Scotland exploration on Skye's Strathaird estate in 1998. Don't go expecting to see a monumental structure: like most of Skye's stone circles, there is really very little remaining.

The site is located half a kilometre north of the small community of Drinan, situated half-way down the western margin of Loch Slapin. To visit, step on to the moor immediately north of the cattle grid (on the road, just before entering Drinan) and head north for 450 metres, uphill of the fence (you will have to park down in the village). The walking is excellent on firm, short heather and there are no fences to cross.

Make for the slightly higher ground and look down. The circle occupies a conspicuous grassy spot in the otherwise dark heather of the moor, about 40 metres west of the fence line. Three earthfast stones stand on the southern arc of the slightly raised grassy oval: the rest of the perimeter is devoid of stones. A trickle of stream runs close by it.

This location is about 30 metres northwest of the Grid location quoted by Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. However, I don't consider this significant: after all, the Grid reference they gave for the Cuidrach Stone Setting in 1989 proved to be more than a hundred metres in error.


 

The walk to the site is rather featureless but, as the map above shows, there is a slight 'greening' of the vegetation where the small stream trickles down past the circle. Also, looking east towards the loch, you should be level with a band of trees that straddles the path to the cottage beyond.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
18th September 2017ce

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Rigg (Promontory Fort) — Fieldnotes

Visited: September 5, 2017

Though not highlighted on the OS Map, there is a lay-by at NC521581 just east of the A855 Portree to Staffin road, and this is the starting point for a visit to the remains of Rigg Promontory Fort. Be advised though, that this lay-by is deeply rutted - more like the surface of the Moon than a car-park. So drive with care.

From the lay-by, Rigg Fort is visible 130 metres below at the foot of a seriously steep, grassy hillside, as a triangular, grassy peninsula flanked on both sides by vertical 15 metre high cliffs. I would not recommend a descent unless you have a good head for heights, are an experienced hill walker and are equipped with stout hillwalking boots.

Nevertheless, the descent provides few terrors and the gradient, through grass and short bracken, can be eased by careful zigzagging on the way down. Remember: you will have to climb back up again, so a degree of fitness is essential.

The remains of Rigg fort consist of a wall, at least two metres thick, which completely cuts off the grassy peninsula. Only the inner and outer foundation courses, consisting of sturdy boulders, remain today, but it must have been a formidable barrier in its time. There is no sign of walling round the perimeter of the fort, but the vertical cliffs all around would have deterred any intruder. The peninsula abuts a narrow coastal plain where sheep graze today and where a community could have subsisted in isolation. A stream nearby would be a ready source of water.

There are distinct similarities between the Rigg Fort and Dun Grugaig near Glasnakille. Both fortifications consist of a thick wall that isolates a narrow, cliff-girt peninsula from the mainland. In the case of Dun Grugaig, there remains significant broch-like galleried architecture in the protecting wall, which in places stands four metres tall. At Rigg, the wall is reduced to its foundation level, but who knows what it might have looked like in its prime.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
9th September 2017ce
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Rigg (Promontory Fort) — Images

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