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TITLE
Beinn na Caillich; From Broadford, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_081
PLACENAME
Broadford
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1920s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12901
KEYWORDS
villages
settlements
houses
Beinn na Caillich; From Broadford, Isle of Skye

Beinn na Caillich stands prominent creating an impressive background above Broadford Bay. This photograph was taken near Skulamus where the road junction leads to Sleat in the south of Skye. The townships of Breakish, Waterloo and Harrapool stretch along the coastline of Broadford Bay and lead to the centre of the village of Broadford. For many years Broadford was a very busy port with steamers bound for Portree calling daily with passengers, mail and cargo. Roads to the west side of the island, to Elgol and Heaste meet in Broadford, all contributing to its central location and size as second largest settlement on Skye, after Portree.

Beinn na Caillich, 732m is one of the granite Red Cuillin. There is a large cairn on the summit which is said to mark the grave of either a Norse Princess or a clan chieftain. Samuel Johnson made comment on Beinn na Caillich, the only hill to warrant a mention during his visit with Boswell in 1773. His comment was that, 'the hill behind the house we did not climb. The weather was rough and the height and steepness discouraged us.' Had he made the climb, the panoramic views offered from the summit would surely have provided inspiration to mention the hills of Skye.


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Beinn na Caillich; From Broadford, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

1920s

villages; settlements; houses

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

Beinn na Caillich stands prominent creating an impressive background above Broadford Bay. This photograph was taken near Skulamus where the road junction leads to Sleat in the south of Skye. The townships of Breakish, Waterloo and Harrapool stretch along the coastline of Broadford Bay and lead to the centre of the village of Broadford. For many years Broadford was a very busy port with steamers bound for Portree calling daily with passengers, mail and cargo. Roads to the west side of the island, to Elgol and Heaste meet in Broadford, all contributing to its central location and size as second largest settlement on Skye, after Portree.<br /> <br /> Beinn na Caillich, 732m is one of the granite Red Cuillin. There is a large cairn on the summit which is said to mark the grave of either a Norse Princess or a clan chieftain. Samuel Johnson made comment on Beinn na Caillich, the only hill to warrant a mention during his visit with Boswell in 1773. His comment was that, 'the hill behind the house we did not climb. The weather was rough and the height and steepness discouraged us.' Had he made the climb, the panoramic views offered from the summit would surely have provided inspiration to mention the hills of Skye. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />