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TITLE
At the peats on Eilean Tighe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_002
PLACENAME
Eilean Tighe
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28848
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
peat
peats
peat iron
peat irons
peat cutting
At the peats on Eilean Tighe

This photograph was taken on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie (far right) and shows her family during a day out on the moor working at the peats. Julia's brother (far left) is holding the peat iron used for cutting the peats. Two of her sisters are holding two lambs which have joined the family.

Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she recalls the pleasures of a day at the peats:

'Peat cutting was a lovely time, when very often we would light a fire and cook our dinner - usually potatoes and salt herring, then go to some nearby source of fresh water, fill the kettle and when it boiled, just put the tea in - best cup of tea you ever tasted. Maybe it had something to do with the peaty water - after all it's good for whisky making. We would all sit down on the grass or heather and enjoy mother's fresh baked girdle scones and oatcakes. What a feast, and in such surroundings!

'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care

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At the peats on Eilean Tighe

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; peat; peats; peat iron; peat irons; peat cutting

Julia Mackenzie

This photograph was taken on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie (far right) and shows her family during a day out on the moor working at the peats. Julia's brother (far left) is holding the peat iron used for cutting the peats. Two of her sisters are holding two lambs which have joined the family.<br /> <br /> Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she recalls the pleasures of a day at the peats:<br /> <br /> 'Peat cutting was a lovely time, when very often we would light a fire and cook our dinner - usually potatoes and salt herring, then go to some nearby source of fresh water, fill the kettle and when it boiled, just put the tea in - best cup of tea you ever tasted. Maybe it had something to do with the peaty water - after all it's good for whisky making. We would all sit down on the grass or heather and enjoy mother's fresh baked girdle scones and oatcakes. What a feast, and in such surroundings! <br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care