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TITLE
Thatched cottage with Highland cattle, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_1091
PLACENAME
Red Cuillin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10967
KEYWORDS
social histories
Cuillins of Skye
hills
rocks
thatch
thatching
thatched cottages
thatched roof
thatched roofs
croft house
croft houses
cow
cows
Thatched cottage with Highland cattle, Skye

This thatched cottage in Skye, with Highland cattle in the foreground, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. In the distance are the Red Cuillin of Skye.

The name Cuillin 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. The mountains offer some of the most challenging climbing in Scotland; the highest is Sgurr Alasdair at 3258 ft.

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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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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Thatched cottage with Highland cattle, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

20c

social histories; Cuillins of Skye; hills; rocks; thatch; thatching; thatched cottages; thatched roof; thatched roofs; croft house; croft houses; cow; cows

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This thatched cottage in Skye, with Highland cattle in the foreground, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. In the distance are the Red Cuillin of Skye. <br /> <br /> The name Cuillin 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. The mountains offer some of the most challenging climbing in Scotland; the highest is Sgurr Alasdair at 3258 ft.<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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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.