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TITLE
The Cioch of Sgumain, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0011
PLACENAME
Cuillin Hills
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
DATE OF IMAGE
PERIOD
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31895
KEYWORDS
postcards
mountains
films
climbers
The Cioch of Sgumain, Skye

This postcard from the early 20th Century shows Cioch A Sgumain.

This great pinnacle of rock, 871 metres high, protrudes from the face of Sron na Ciche, 858 metres high, in the Cuillin, Britain's finest mountain range, which rises up from the sea in the southern part of Skye.

The local people had no need to venture in among the inhospitable peaks of the Cuillin so it wasn't until1906 that the Cioch was discovered by Professor Norman Collie, although it was his guide from Skye, John Mackenzie, who named it.

Professor Collie, an eminent scientist, was a famous climber and explorer of mountains all over the world. He spent summers at Glen Brittle House and the Sligachan Inn and when he died he was buried at Struan on the shore of Loch Harport.

The Cioch has since become a mecca for rock-climbers. In 1986 it featured as the setting for a sword-fight in the movie "Highlander"

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The Cioch of Sgumain, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

postcards; mountains; films; climbers

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early 20th Century shows Cioch A Sgumain.<br /> <br /> This great pinnacle of rock, 871 metres high, protrudes from the face of Sron na Ciche, 858 metres high, in the Cuillin, Britain's finest mountain range, which rises up from the sea in the southern part of Skye.<br /> <br /> The local people had no need to venture in among the inhospitable peaks of the Cuillin so it wasn't until1906 that the Cioch was discovered by Professor Norman Collie, although it was his guide from Skye, John Mackenzie, who named it. <br /> <br /> Professor Collie, an eminent scientist, was a famous climber and explorer of mountains all over the world. He spent summers at Glen Brittle House and the Sligachan Inn and when he died he was buried at Struan on the shore of Loch Harport. <br /> <br /> The Cioch has since become a mecca for rock-climbers. In 1986 it featured as the setting for a sword-fight in the movie "Highlander"