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TITLE
An Island Shieling
EXTERNAL ID
HCD01071
PLACENAME
Tarskavaig
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Sleat
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12696
KEYWORDS
thatch
cottage
shore
loch
An Island Shieling

This little thatched cottage stands on the shore of Loch Eishort on the west side of Sleat on Skye, looking across to Strathaird. Duncan Macpherson, the Kyle pharmacist and photographer, used this photograph as an illustration in his book Lure of the West, to accompany the chapter entitled "Highland Depopulation, being a contribution to the proceedings of Kyle Literary Society, on 25th November 1931". Macpherson describes shielings as "merely huts of stones and turf, with recesses along the walls for sleeping; yet shieling life was healthy, for it was spent mainly in the open". The cottage photographed, however, may have had another purpose, as shielings were usually situated on high pastures rather than on the shore


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An Island Shieling

INVERNESS: Sleat

1930s

thatch; cottage; shore; loch

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

This little thatched cottage stands on the shore of Loch Eishort on the west side of Sleat on Skye, looking across to Strathaird. Duncan Macpherson, the Kyle pharmacist and photographer, used this photograph as an illustration in his book Lure of the West, to accompany the chapter entitled "Highland Depopulation, being a contribution to the proceedings of Kyle Literary Society, on 25th November 1931". Macpherson describes shielings as "merely huts of stones and turf, with recesses along the walls for sleeping; yet shieling life was healthy, for it was spent mainly in the open". The cottage photographed, however, may have had another purpose, as shielings were usually situated on high pastures rather than on the shore <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 />