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TITLE
The M.V. Moil leaving Kyleakin
EXTERNAL ID
HCD00193
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
11920
KEYWORDS
ferry
castle
ruins
Castle Maol
transport
Lochalsh
The M.V. Moil leaving Kyleakin

The ruins of Caisteal Maol (Castle Moil or Moyle) sit on a rocky outcrop above Loch Alsh, overlooking the village of Kyleakin and the ferry crossing to the mainland. The lifebelts tell us that the ferry is the M.V. Moil and was owned by the L.M.S. (London Midland Scottish Railway). The high sided structure of the vessel indicate that it was probably used for transporting cattle and sheep, but passengers and vehicles were no doubt also conveyed. The ruined castle in the background was probably built as the home of the MacKinnons in the 15th century, but tradition has it that it was constructed in the 10th century by a Norwegian princess, Saucy Mary, married to a MacKinnon chief. She is reputed to have exacted tolls from passing ships by stretching a chain across the strait


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The M.V. Moil leaving Kyleakin

INVERNESS: Strath

1930s

ferry; castle; ruins; Castle Maol; transport; Lochalsh

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

The ruins of Caisteal Maol (Castle Moil or Moyle) sit on a rocky outcrop above Loch Alsh, overlooking the village of Kyleakin and the ferry crossing to the mainland. The lifebelts tell us that the ferry is the M.V. Moil and was owned by the L.M.S. (London Midland Scottish Railway). The high sided structure of the vessel indicate that it was probably used for transporting cattle and sheep, but passengers and vehicles were no doubt also conveyed. The ruined castle in the background was probably built as the home of the MacKinnons in the 15th century, but tradition has it that it was constructed in the 10th century by a Norwegian princess, Saucy Mary, married to a MacKinnon chief. She is reputed to have exacted tolls from passing ships by stretching a chain across the strait <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />