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TITLE
Rock formations, Eigg coastline
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0505
PLACENAME
Isle of Eigg
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Small Isles
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10395
KEYWORDS
Eigg
An Sgurr
Bay of Laig
Camas Sgiotaig
sandstone
basalt
pitchstone lava
Rock formations, Eigg coastline

The rocks in the bay at Camas Sgiotaig on Eigg belong to the Valtos Sandstone Formation. The pure white 'singing sands' of Camas Sgiotaig are also derived from this formation. These rocks, with Rum in the background, were photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson, in the first half of the 20th century.



Eigg is one of the Inner Hebridean Islands, lying around 7 miles off the mainland. Its highest point is the conical peak of An Sgurr, a large residual mass of columnar pitchstone lava. Eigg's northern cliffs at Bay of Laig and Camas Sgiotaig are pale sandstone that erodes into curious shapes. The low-lying southern ground overlies basalt.



The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.



Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban





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Rock formations, Eigg coastline

INVERNESS: Small Isles

20c

Eigg; An Sgurr; Bay of Laig; Camas Sgiotaig; sandstone; basalt; pitchstone lava

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The rocks in the bay at Camas Sgiotaig on Eigg belong to the Valtos Sandstone Formation. The pure white 'singing sands' of Camas Sgiotaig are also derived from this formation. These rocks, with Rum in the background, were photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson, in the first half of the 20th century. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> Eigg is one of the Inner Hebridean Islands, lying around 7 miles off the mainland. Its highest point is the conical peak of An Sgurr, a large residual mass of columnar pitchstone lava. Eigg's northern cliffs at Bay of Laig and Camas Sgiotaig are pale sandstone that erodes into curious shapes. The low-lying southern ground overlies basalt.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> This image can be purchased.<br /><br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /><br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.