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TITLE
Mountain stream, Red Cuillin behind, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0773
PLACENAME
Red Cuillin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10669
KEYWORDS
Cuillins
hils
mountains
place names
rocks
geology
streams
rivers
legends
folklore
Mountain stream, Red Cuillin behind, Skye

The Cuillin are a mountain range in the south of Skye. Their name is believed to have derived from the legendary Irish hunter Cu Chulainn who came to Skye from Ireland in two strides. The Red Cuillin to the east are made of a reddish granite and have a rounded appearance, while the more spectacular Black Cuillin are made of gabbro, a jagged, igneous rock. This mountain stream, with the Red Cuillin in the background, was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.

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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Mountain stream, Red Cuillin behind, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

20c

Cuillins; hils; mountains; place names; rocks; geology; streams; rivers; legends; folklore

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The Cuillin are a mountain range in the south of Skye. Their name is believed to have derived from the legendary Irish hunter Cu Chulainn who came to Skye from Ireland in two strides. The Red Cuillin to the east are made of a reddish granite and have a rounded appearance, while the more spectacular Black Cuillin are made of gabbro, a jagged, igneous rock. This mountain stream, with the Red Cuillin in the background, was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.<br /> <br /> 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 /> 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 /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.