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Standing Stone / Menhir


No-one knows the precise whereabouts of Rocabarra ("stone of the sea-tangle top"), so the national grid reference for this site is intended to give the rough area rather than the precise location. Indeed, according to Otta F. Swire (Skye: The Island and its Legends, 1961, pp.120-1), Rocabarra has only ever been glimpsed twice by human eyes: once by St. Columba, who was saluted by it, and once by a person about whom Swire remains completely silent. There is a saying: "When Rocabarra appears again the world is due for destruction", although a different folk tradition says that the stone is the Isle of the Blessed, its coming heralding a golden age. The only clue Swire gives as to its location is to say that it is "in this Loch Dunvegan". TomBo Posted by TomBo
1st July 2004ce
Edited 1st July 2004ce

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