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Isle of Skye

<b>Isle of Skye</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
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
6 posts
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 Chambered Cairn
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Beinn na Caillich Cairn(s)
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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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Camalaig Bay Cairn(s)
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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 (Dun Breac) Stone Fort / Dun
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Claigan Souterrain Souterrain
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Cnocan Nan Cobhar Long Cairn
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Cnoc Na Cairidh Stone Fort / Dun
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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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Drumuie Standing Stone / Menhir
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Dunanellerich Stone Fort / Dun
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Dunan an Aisilidh Stone Fort / Dun
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Dunan Choinnich 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 Aird 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 Ban (Camuscross) 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 Connavern Stone Fort / Dun
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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 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 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 Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dun Torvaig Stone Fort / Dun
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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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Geary Promontory Fort
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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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Kensaleyre Church Cairn(s)
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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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Leitir Fura Promontory Fort
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Liveras Chambered Tomb
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Lochan nan Dunan Stone Fort / Dun
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Loch Leum na Luirginn Stone Fort / Dun
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Lon Beatha Cairn(s)
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The Maidens Natural Rock Feature
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Meall An Duna Stone Fort / Dun
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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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Romesdal Bridge Cairn(s)
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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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Sgoir Beag Promontory Fort
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Snizort Parish Church Cairn(s)
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The Table, Quiraing Natural Rock Feature
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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
Edited 18th November 2010ce

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

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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
Edited 22nd March 2011ce

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Leitir Fura (Promontory Fort) — Fieldnotes

Visited: May 25, 2021

Five miles south of Broadford, on the A851 road to Armadale, is the Forestry Commission's Leitir Fura woodland (signed from the roadside), which provides an enjoyable two mile walk to the ruins of a township that was deserted in the early 18th century. On the coast, due south of the township and about 200 metres west of Rubha Guail on the Sound of Sleat—flanked by shingle beaches—stands a rugged headland atop which can be found the remains of Leitir Fura Promontory Fort. To reach the fort, start from the car park close to Kinloch Lodge (blue marker on the map below) and follow the path marked "Leitir Fura Historic Township". The path is circular so you have two options, the low path which is flanked by woodland all the way (white line on map) or the upper path (yellow line), signed "Drover's Path", which climbs above the tree-line and gives superb vistas across the Sound of Sleat to Glenelg and Knoydart. Either way, you end up at the Township (green marker).



Immediately south of the zig-zag path that leads down from the township is a large cleared turning area for Forestry vehicles. It is from here that you make the push for the fort. The terrain I crossed commenced with a thickly vegetated area of bracken and brambles which leads to birch woodland towards the right: in summer, reinforcments of bracken render the way all but impenetrable! Since the fort cannot be seen from here, a compass is a useful aid to reaching the fort (red marker), which stands due south of the turning area.

The going was hard until I came across a rough path at half distance, which eased my route to the trees. Once amongst the trees the walking is easy. Bear right through the woodland until you reach a stream (the Allt Achadh an t-Sabhail), and cross it. Although the terrain here slopes easily down to the coast (which is easily accessed), you will soon see the formidable vertical cliffs of the Promontory ahead. Carry on till you reach the neck of the promontory, by which time you will see the northeast wall of Leitir Fura Fort on the cliff top ahead. The promontory is choked by rampant birch scrub so a direct ascent is not possible, but I found I could outflank this by keeping close to the cliff edge.

An easy alrernative is to make your way down to the shingle beach northeast of the fort from where there is an easy rising path to the summit that follows close to the cliffs.

Of the fort itself, little remains apart from a significant stretch of slightly curving wall face on its northwest. The wall is well built, measures three metres in width by two metres in height and rises to six or seven courses. And that's about all there is of note. Canmore states that: "At the E end of this terrace, a massively constructed entrance can be seen, measuring about 2m in width by 3.7m in length and approached by ramp leading up from the beach on the NE and providing the only easy access to the top of the promontory".

Although I easily found my way up the "ramp leading up from the beach", I saw no evidence of the "massively constructed entrance". Maybe I'll return another day and check this out!

Possible easier route
After leaving the fort and returning to the car park by the lower path, I noted, just a few metres along, a rough track entering the woodland and apparently following the aforementioned stream. If it is possible to follow the stream from this point, you would have to cover relatively easy wooded terrain all the way to the fort. I may investigate in future.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
30th May 2021ce
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