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Back from a fishing trip on Eilean Tighe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_010
PLACENAME
Eilean Tighe
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28855
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
fishing
net
nets
fishing net
fishing nets
rowing boat
oars
Back from a fishing trip on Eilean Tighe

This photograph was taken on EileanTighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows members of her family on their return from a successful fishing trip.

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 remembers going fishing with her father:

'The most exciting fishing was when we went out in the evening to set some nets, rowed away to a suitable site, landed and tied the boat up, then lit a fire and, with an old kettle, made tea and ate some of mother's very tasty girdle scones and oatcakes. It was an eerie kind of scene with the moon shining on the water and, in the darkness around us, the sea showing phosphorescent lights as it lapped against the rocks. In the morning light, the nets were lifted and we rowed for home with a few weeks' supply in the boat.'

'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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Back from a fishing trip on Eilean Tighe

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; fishing; net; nets; fishing net; fishing nets; rowing boat; oars

Julia Mackenzie

This photograph was taken on EileanTighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows members of her family on their return from a successful fishing trip.<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 remembers going fishing with her father: <br /> <br /> 'The most exciting fishing was when we went out in the evening to set some nets, rowed away to a suitable site, landed and tied the boat up, then lit a fire and, with an old kettle, made tea and ate some of mother's very tasty girdle scones and oatcakes. It was an eerie kind of scene with the moon shining on the water and, in the darkness around us, the sea showing phosphorescent lights as it lapped against the rocks. In the morning light, the nets were lifted and we rowed for home with a few weeks' supply in the boat.'<br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care