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TITLE
Remains of Julia Mackenzie's home on Eilean Tighe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_007
PLACENAME
Eilean Tighe
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28852
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
croft house
crofthouse
thatch
thatched
thatched roof
Remains of Julia Mackenzie's home 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 and shows the remains of her old home on the island. Julia 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 describes the house she lived in:

'The house was thatched with heather thatch. I can picture it very clearly, with very thick heather-twisted ropes fixed from one side to the other, and at each side where the thatch ended, slightly overlapping the walls, was tied a heavy stone. This was to keep the thatch intact in winter storms. The house was also unusual in that it was the only house that I knew on the Island of Raasay, or indeed anywhere around, that had rounded corners, I understand that was to lessen the effect of the strong winter storms on this exposed island.'

'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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Remains of Julia Mackenzie's home on Eilean Tighe

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; croft house; crofthouse; thatch; thatched; thatched roof

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 and shows the remains of her old home on the island. Julia 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 describes the house she lived in:<br /> <br /> 'The house was thatched with heather thatch. I can picture it very clearly, with very thick heather-twisted ropes fixed from one side to the other, and at each side where the thatch ended, slightly overlapping the walls, was tied a heavy stone. This was to keep the thatch intact in winter storms. The house was also unusual in that it was the only house that I knew on the Island of Raasay, or indeed anywhere around, that had rounded corners, I understand that was to lessen the effect of the strong winter storms on this exposed island.'<br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care